Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Presentation of the Irish Flag and the Irish Proclamation by the Irish Defence Forces

The Irish Defence Forces visited our school on the 10th of December 2015 and presented our school with an Irish Flag and the Irish Proclamation.


 Stella and Harry Howley; great grand niece and great grand nephew of Fr. Feeney who participated in the 19116 Rising received the Irish Flag and the Irish Proclamation on behalf of the pupils of Ballyglass NS.


Pupils of Ballyglass NS who are direct descendants of men and women
who participated in the 1916 Rising



Flag Presentation
By Helena Tarpey 4th class
On Thursday the tenth of December 2015, Ballyglass N.S. was presented with the Irish Flag by members of the Irish Defence Force.
For the opening ceremony three girls from fifth and sixth class read the poem  ‘Mother’ by Padraig  Pearse. He wrote the poem when he was in prison before he was executed. Both Padraig and Willie Pearse and the other six men were shot by the English soldiers.
Four other children from fifth and sixth class named out the children who have relatives involved in the 1916 Rising. The seven signatories of the proclamation were called out.
Then we had the presentation of  the Irish Flag by Lieuteannt Shannon and Corporal Carolann  to Harry and Stella Howley. The two members from the army explained that we can’t drop the flag or write on the flag or we would have to buy a new flag. I played Amhran Na Bhfian on the tin wistle.
Overall the presentation lasted forty minutes. It was very enjoyable experience. I can’t wait until the 15th of March, Proclamation Day.  


Aoibheann Gilmore in 4th class read the 4th paragraph of the Irish Proclamation.


Flag Presentation

By: Rachel O’Mahony

On Thursday, the 10th of December, Ballyglass N.S was presented with the Irish Flag by members of the Irish Defence Force.
When the army soldiers arrived Mr O’Connor welcomed them and Katie, Lauren and Ava recited the poem “Mother” by Padraig Pearce. He wrote the poem in jail before he was executed thinking of his poor mother. She was about to lose both of her sons, Willy and Padraig Pearce.
After that Shauna, Eva and Mark called out relatives of pupils that fought or was involved in the 1916 rising. Then Gavin called out signatories of the seven men who signed the proclamation. Their names are Thomas Clark, James Connolly, Padraig Pearce, Eamonn Ceannt, Sean mac Diarmada, Joseph Plunkett and Thomas Macdonagh.
Finally, Lieutenant Shannon asked questions like “what colour is the flag” and told us rules about the flag some of them were if you are in the army you can’t drop the flag or you have to replace it, You can’t write on the flag and you put the flag out in the morning and take the flag inside in the evening. Then the army soldiers presented Stella and Harry Howley on behalf of the school. I played amhran Na bhfian on the tin whistle with thirteen other children. The other pupils sang the national anthem. Overall the presentation lasted forty minute. It was a very enjoyable experience.


FLAG PRESENTATION
By Kyle Connolly.
On Thursday the 10th of December 2015. Ballyglass N.S was presented with the Irish Flag by members of the Irish Defence Force.
First we all listened  to a lovely poem called ‘Mother’ written by Padraig Pearse. He wrote this poem in Kilmainham Jail the night before he was executed.  
After that, the children who had relatives involved in the 1916 Rising were called out. The names of the seven signatories of the Proclamation were then read out by Gavin, Thomas Mac Donagh, James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett, Padraig Pearce, Eamonn Ceannt , Thomas Clarke and Sean Mac Diarmada.
Finally they presented the Irish flag to Harry and Stella  Howley. The Lieutenant told us that it is disrespectful to write on or drop the flag. We must always show respect for it. Then we all stood up and sang Amhran na bhFian.
Overall, the presentation lasted forty minutes. It was a very enjoyable experience. I learned a lot of information about  the 1916 Rising and the Irish Flag.  









Galway County Minors visit Ballyglass NS with the Irish Press cup.

The past pupils of Ballyglass NS Liam Forde and Ciannan Fahy visited on the 9th of December 2015.  They brought with them their All-Ireland hurling medals and the Irish Press cup to show to the pupils.  They visited all the classrooms, talked to all the pupils and posed for a few photographs.  
Well done boys, we are proud of you.




Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

A number of pupils and parents participated and contributed to the 
Christmas Shoe Box Appeal for Co. Galway.    All the shoe boxes were collected from the school and are to be distributed to families in need in the Galway area over the Christmas.
Well done to the pupils and parents that took part is this worthy cause.