1916 Flag Commemoration Ceremony in Croke Park

March 8, 2016

Coláiste Abbain’s representatives Brianna Furlong, Laoise Doherty, Lee Dunne and Anneliese Ni Murchu in Croke Park.

Coláiste Abbain pupils have been presented with copies of the national flag and the Proclamation at a special ceremony at Croke Park in Dublin in advance of the Easter Rising centenary commemorations.

Every secondary school was represented yesterday in what was the biggest public event to date to mark the centenary.

President Michael D Higgins told the gathering the Rising had been a “stunningly ambitious act of imagination…..It is testament to the enormous success of the Easter Rising in capturing the imagination of the Irish people that the Tricolour flag which, at the time, was little known even among the rebels, rapidly became accepted as the unquestioned symbol of the Irish independence movement,” Mr Higgins said.

Students were told how Thomas Meagher, one of the Young Irelanders, had modified the symbol of revolutionary France to suit the Irish context. It had first been flown in Waterford in 1848.

Every secondary school in Ireland was represented yesterday.

Pictured below is the Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh and First Year Colaiste Abbain students.

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