The Sacred Heart Primary School Roscrea had the honour of accepting our Irish Flag and Proclamation of Independence last week.
Lieutenant Shane Flood, Private John Flynn and Father Dan McCarthy of the Third Infantry Battalion joined the school community on this very memorable occasion.
They were joined by the school’s own military connections, Corporal Ciarán Fletcher, father of Mia in Fifth Class and retired Commandant John Murphy, grandfather of Seán in Senior Infants.
It was a wonderful occasion. The soldiers gave generously of their time, their knowledge and their enthusiasm for army life. Children and adults were enthralled to hear of their services at home and abroad.
There were questions about the variety in their jobs, the dangerous situations they had been in, the vehicles and weapons they use even the football teams they support. No question went unanswered.
The children, for their part engaged the soldiers with intelligence and awe. They too confidently answered questions about the Proclamation, the 1916 Rising and the Irish Flag. Their singing was fantastic, Lieutenant Flood was especially delighted to hear one of his favourite songs, Grace.
Father McCarthy, Chaplain to the Battalion, commented on the great spirit he noticed in the school and commended everyone for entering into the presentation as it was envisaged, as a way to engage the children in studying and appreciating the events of 1916.
The school was also commended for bringing the event to the wider school community. To the parents and friends of our school who took the time to attend, the children and staff thank you.
We also thank Mrs Heenan for her organisational skills, Ms Slattery for leading the singing, our teachers for preparing the children so well and Annette for organising the refreshments. This event is part of a year of celebration which the school kicked off in style by representing Tipperary in the choir for the Peace Proms. It is all systems go now as preparations begin for the special day of Commemoration on March 15th.