On Tuesday 15th March the St Kieran’s College community gathered at the front steps of the College to commemorate the Easter Rising of 1916.
The days activities, which were held on the College Lawns in front of students, staff, parents and invited guests, were begun by the College President Rev Dr Dermot Ryan who highlighted the manner in which battles often make great men of ordinary people. He noted that all of Ireland, and not just the seven signatories, was fighting a battle in 1916, some personal and more national; but equally how today many people were also forced to battle on these levels. These battles we face, he noted, make us the people we are: battles make great men of ordinary people.
Sixth Year student Liam Wallace read the proclamation before Conor Byrne accompanied by Lt Kealan O’Toole hoisted the tricolour on the College Lawns. Liam then read a new proclamation for todays generation espousing the hopes and desires of the students for Ireland not only today but into its future. Following the singing of the National Anthem the commemoration moved to the School Theatre which was wonderfully decorated in commemorative art.
In the Theatre, the prize winning history projects, were shared with all in attendance: Eoin Crowley won the First Year project on Thomas MacDonagh, Michael McInerney’s Second Year project on Francis Sheehy Skeffington and Conor Hoban and Adam O’Brien’s project on a the proclamation for a new generation captured the imaginations of a stilled audience.
One the school history teachers, Jane Moran, shared thoughts on the women of the revolution while former School Principal Michael McDiarmada explored for the students some local contributions to the struggles of 1916 and those after. A number of the school Fifth Year students then helped bring this history to life by means of a series of monologues, poems, and reflections on the events that helped shape our nation. In fact these monologues continued throughout the day in pop-up form in the classrooms of the school.
Sincere congratulations to all involved on what was a wonderful days activities. Every school subject department, in preparation for this, have explored this momentous period of Irish History from their own perspective but tribute must be paid to the history department who lead the charge in drawing all strands together of this memorable and significant celebration. Honouring our past offers us a future of hope.