Flag Day: 15 March 2019

During the week of March 11th to 15th the History Department at Kinsale Community School organised ‘History Week’. This excellent initiative of daily student-centred History activities throughout the week culminated in a ‘Flag Day’ ceremony to recognise the importance of the meaning, history and symbolism of the Irish tricolour.

Ceremonies were arranged for each of the Junior and Senior Schools respectively, and represented a collaborative effort, which included the History, Music and Irish Departments. The formalities began with a short talk by Mr. Diarmaid O’Donovan (Head of History) on the history and meaning of the Irish Tricolour.

Students Paul Wills, Aoibheann Grey, Sean Hayes, Lucy Kelleher, Dara Wall and Conor Mulcahy each, in turn, read sections of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic. This reading was conducted with clarity, respect and solemnity.

The Irish flag was then raised by school Caretaker Brenden Barry, while al students turned to face the flag in respect. This raising was beautifully accompanied by a rendition of Amhran na Bhfian by the music group and choir, ably directed by Music teachers Ms. Sinead Brennan and Ms. Brid Kearney.

Proceedings concluded when the Principal, Mr. Fergal McCarthy, addressed the students and impressed upon them the sacrifice that the men and women, who fought for Irish independence, had made to achieve the freedoms and independence that we enjoy today in contemporary Ireland.

This ceremony was profound in many ways. The behaviour and demeanour of each and every student was dignified and respectful, which serves as a testament to their character. The cooperation between teachers and students was superb as usual and is a reminder of the positive learning environment created at Kinsale Community School. Finally, the event showed just how essential History is as a subject that can create meaning and identity for both Irish born and new Irish citizens as we forge a new and inclusive Republic together.

Maria Brosnan