Presentation of the Irish Flag and Proclamation to Bohola National School.
On Thursday the 24th of September 2015 Lieutenant Brian Daly and Corporal Martin Bennett arrived at Bohola National School to present the teachers and students with the Irish Flag and a copy of the Proclamation as part of the nationwide presentation to schools to commemorate the 1916 rising next year.
Lieutenant Daly told the students the history of the Irish Flag. He also spoke about the Proclamation and the seven people who signed it. Ava McGahon, Rang VI, read the fourth paragraph from the Proclamation and Claire Grady, being the oldest pupil in the school was presented with a copy of the Proclamation. Bethan Stone, the youngest pupil, was presented with the Irish Flag from Corporal Martin Bennett.
Mrs. Teresa Mulligan, Principal, thanked all the parents who came and witnessed this moment in history. After the presentation there was an excellent question and answer session where many interesting and well thought out questions were put to the visitors. The children also got to explore the army jeep which had been driven by Private Anthony Griffin for the occasion.
Through the delivery of the National Flag to every primary school in the country it is hoped that every child will gain a greater understanding of the work of the Defence Forces. It also outlines to them the importance of the National Flag, which symbolises the aspiration for peace between the different traditions on this island.
The Defence Forces also presented Mrs. Mulligan with a booklet on how to care for the flag and a poster of Amhrán na bhFiann.
The events will culminate in the 15th of March 2016 when every primary school in the country will raise the National Flag in special ceremonies, during which the 1916 Proclamation will also be read.