Mr. Christian O’Connor, history teacher, spoke about the significance of the 1916 Proclamation. Ms. Yvonne Bane, principal, thanked the History Department for organising the event and gave an account of the St. Mary’s centenary programme. Special thanks was reserved for Mr. Rory Coote and Paula Russell who prepared the Sports Hall. All were asked to stand and face the Irish Tricolour for the National Anthem. This was performed by Ms. Jo Ann O’Connor’s music students. The tricolour in the Sports Hall was a gift from the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation. It was accompanied by a hand carved flag stand.
Following the whole-school assembly, students were sent outside to hear Jane Walsh, fifth year, read the 1916 Proclamation as Countess Markievicz. Mr. Coote then proudly raised the Irish Flag much to the delight of those present. ‘12 Facts about the Irish Flag’ leaflets were given to every student to read, take home and share. The leaflets were printed especially for Irish Flag Week, 10th – 17th March. It was a very enjoyable and truly memorable day.
So far this year the energetic St. Mary’s History Department, as part of its exciting centenary programme, have organised a History Week, a two-week art and history exhibition in Mallow Library and a trip to Croke Park to attend an Irish Flag ceremony. A number of talks on the 1916 Rising have been attended by students and teachers. On Easter Monday, a contingent from St. Mary’s will partake in the commemoration march being organised by Cork Racecourse, Mallow.
The highlight of the St. Mary’s centenary programme is the Aoife Scott ‘Songs of Rebellion’ concert which will take place in the Aemilian Theatre on Thursday night 21st April. This will be a lovely event. During school term, tickets can be purchased by calling the school office: 022-21998. To purchase tickets over the Easter break, contact Mr. O’Connor: firstname.lastname@example.org