Flag raised in Blackwater by rebel's relatives

Mary Whelan, Kathleen Whelan, Lar Whelan, Jimmy Whelan and Brigid Whelan.
Mary Whelan, Kathleen Whelan, Lar Whelan, Jimmy Whelan and Brigid Whelan.
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Third class pupils enjoying the proceedings.
Third class pupils enjoying the proceedings.

Blackwater's living links to the Rising played their part in the Blackwater National School Proclamation Day, which saw people from across the community come together to celebrate.

Four pupils, great-grandchildren of John Whelan, who fought in the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy, were tasked with raising the tricolour for the occasion. James and Clodagh Whelan, Laura McGuinness and Adam O'Connor were thrilled to be granted the honour. They were joined by John's sons Lar and Jimmy Whelan and his daughter-in-law Mary Whelan.

Pupil Lisa Whiteacre, right, read out a new Proclamation, which was drafted by the children in fifth class. Everyone also enjoyed some Irish music and a céilí later on in the day.

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