On October 15th 2015 we received our National Flag from two representatives of the Irish Army who are stationed in Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick City. They explained the meaning of the colours on our flag. The green represents the Gaelic Catholic Nationalist Tradition, the orange represents the Protestant Unionist Tradition and the white represents the hope for a lasting peace between the two traditions.The flag was first introduced by Thomas Francis Meagher in Waterford in 1948 and he was inspired by the French Tricolour.
They explained some of the rules or protocols around our National Flag.
No other flag should fly higher than the National Flag.
The National Flag should never be allowed to touch the ground.
The flag should be lowered overnight.
If the flag gets torn or dirty it should be replaced.
Then they read the Proclamation of Independence which was first read by Padraig Pearse outside the General Post Office in Dublin during the 1916 Easter Rising.
Then we got the chance to ask the soldiers some questions. There were some very interesting questions asked.
The occasion was very interesting and we look forward to having our National Flag flying outside our school.
Here is a video of us playing the National Anthem on our tin whistles.
Here is a video of The Proclamation of Independence being read.
Here is a video of us singing the National Anthem.
Here are some photographs from the presentation. Just click on them to see the large image.