1916 Commemorative Event

At 12 noon on Tuesday 15th of March, schools around the island of Ireland remembered the events which took place at Easter time, 100 years ago. Each school marked this occasion in their own unique way to accompany the raising of the Tricolour and the reading of the Proclamation of Independence. Classes in St. Joseph’s sang commemorative songs, worked collaboratively on 1916 projects and studied those heroes who lost their lives 100 years ago for the sake of their country’s freedom.

The Foggy Dew from Clara Carter on Vimeo.

Oró Sé Do Bheatha Abhaile from Clara Carter on Vimeo.

Grace from Clara Carter on Vimeo.

The Reading of The Proclamation of Independence from Clara Carter on Vimeo.

Raising of the Flag from Clara Carter on Vimeo.

Amhrán na bhFiann from Clara Carter on Vimeo.

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Our Performance for Proclamation Day

As part of Proclamation Day 2016, Mr. O’ Brien’s 5th Class and Mrs. Lawlor’s 6th Class performed “The Foggy Dew” and “Óró, Sé do Bheatha Abhaile”.

“The Foggy Dew” was written by Canon Charles O’Neill (1887-1963), a parish priest of Kilcoo and later Newcastle, County Down, sometime after 1919. This song chronicles the Easter Rising of 1916, and encourages Irishmen to fight for the cause of Ireland, rather than for the British, as so many young men were doing in World War I.

The version of “Óró, Sé do Bheatha Abhaile” we sang is the version written by poet and revolutionary Pádraig Pearse, welcoming volunteers back to Ireland for the 1916 Rising.

Here are videos of us practising on Monday: