The students and staff of Coláiste an Átha put on an inspiring display in honour of the events of 1916. The marching band led by teacher Ms Farrell and ‘Padraig Pearse’ (student Shane Murphy) stopped traffic and marched up to the school complete with flags and hurls. Shane Murphy read the Irish Proclamation to the crowd that had gathered at the front of the school. First year history students called attention to the loss of young lives often forgotten and read a list of the names and ages of the children who died during the Easter uprising. Following this Conor Nolan gave a moving recital of William B. Yeats poem ‘1916’ accompanied by teacher Mr. J. Keane on the fiddle. Councillor Keith Doyle gave a speech drawing attention to the specific connection Wexford has to the events that happened in Dublin and the significance of the Irish tricolour flag. He then raised the flag on the school flagpole and the choir sang the national anthem. After the raising of the flag the assembled crowd was invited in to see the impressive work that had gone on within the school in recognition of the events of 1916. The students and staff had put considerable effort into painting a street map of Dublin city centre with models of the strategic buildings involved during the uprising. Local TD James Browne also attended the event and spent time taking a tour of the school.
The effort and dedication of the staff and students involved in this event was huge. It was obvious the pride that everyone had not only for their own effort in 2016 but also for those involved in the events of 1916.