Proclamation Day Report
On 15th March last, a unique historical celebration took place in Raheen N.S. In the cool, crisp Spring sunshine, the whole community of Raheen was well represented as we gathered to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising.
The Principal, Mr. John Curran welcomed everyone, and praised the school staff for their work in preparing for this special day in the school’s history.
Two families- Larkin ( Killegney) and Furlong ( Palace) explained their personal connections with 1916.
The names of the children who died during the Rising were read out by Ms. Sarah Browne and Ms. Clodagh Jordan. Following this poignant tribute, the children sung “ The Child’s Prayer” which honoured the children appropriately.
The school children, who were all clad in 1916 costumes, then gave fine renditions of “ The foggy Dew” and “Grace”.
The “ Grúpa Ceoil “under the direction of Ms. Róisín Quigley ,entertained the crowd with an arrangement of rebel tunes which included Roddy McCorley, The Boys of Wexford , Kelly the Boy from Killane, and Boolavogue.
The pupils of third and fourth class then recited “ Salutation” by George Russell. Having played “ James Connolly “ on the tin whistles, the pupils of 5th and 6th class, under the direction of Ms. Bernie Murray-Ryan, presented a New Proclamation for 2016 to their attentive audience.
At 12 noon, the centre piece of our Proclamation day took place .On completion of the school’s family tree project, it emerged that Maria Moloney (Doyle) was the eldest living great grandmother in the school community.
Margo Moloney (daughter) raised the flag on Maria’s behalf. Michael Moloney (son) , Shane Whelan (grandchild) and Isabelle Cloney ( great grandchild) and Aoife Murphy(eldest pupil in the school) also assisted in the flag raising event ,which was followed by the singing of “Ámhrán na bhFiann”. The school was fortunate to have Sergeant Séamus MacManus present to supervise the flag raising ceremony.
All classes offered Prayers of the Faithful in thanksgiving for all the blessings we enjoy today and for the sacrifices made by the leaders of the Rising .A 1916 museum was tastefully displayed at the school entrance. This was organised by Ms. Murray- Ryan , assisted by Ms Catherine Greene, and SNA’s Mary Furlong , Rita Kavanagh and Irene MacDonald . The event concluded on a lively colourful note, when all the pupils took part in two céilí dances- “The walls of Limerick “and “ The Siege of Ennis “.The 5th and 6th class danced “ The Raheen Set” which was created by Ms. Catherine Furlong especially for the occasion.
The Principal concluded by thanking all those who attended and helped in any way to make the celebration a success. In particular, he mentioned Mr. Bill Murray who organised the engraved stone for the Proclamation garden ; Mrs.Mary Howlett for the commemorative booklet and Mrs. Geraldine Cullen who made the Proclamation cake which was eagerly consumed at the refreshments, provided by The Parents Association in the hall afterwards. Proclamation Day 2016 will live long in the memories of all who attended. It was a real high point in the history of Raheen N.S., and was thoroughly enjoyed by parent’s, grandparents pupils and staff alike.
Ar aghaidh linn le chéile !