The keynote address was delivered by Ann Matthews, historian and playwright. According to Ann, ‘The Women’s Section of the Rebel Army that launched a rebellion in Dublin at Easter 1916 was a disparate group. It comprised members of Cumann na mBan, the Irish Citizen’s Army Women’s Section and a few members of the Clann na Gael Girl Scouts, formed in 1910 by the Hibernian Rifles. The Rebel Army included approximately 200 women.’
Emma O’Callaghan, sixth year English student, read a speech entitled, ‘Why should we remember the women of 1916?’ Julie Crowley, sixth year Irish student, recited a self-composed poem about the story and legacy of the 1916 Rising. Jane Walsh, fifth year history student, read the Irish Proclamation as Countess Markievicz. Marie Carey and Niamh Walshe, fifth year history students, recited ‘The Foggy Dew’ and ‘Remembering Con Markievicz’. Kate Hickey, third year music student, sang ‘Grace’ and ‘Róisín Dubh’. Traditional music was provided by Aoife Fitzpatrick, third year, Hannah O’Flaherty, third year, and Niamh Fitzpatrick, sixth year.
Details of a special Aoife Scott ‘Songs of Rebellion’ concert were announced. Aoife Scott, daughter of Frances Black and the voice of TG4’s Seachtar na Cásca, will sing songs relevant to Ireland’s long struggle for independence on Thursday night, 21st April in the Aemilian Theatre, Mallow. This is a one-off 1916 Rising centenary concert. Tickets can be purchased at a cost of 10 euro from the St. Mary’s school office, 022-21998. This is not an event to be missed!