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Thursday 19 October 2017

Patriotism at the CBS

By Amy Lewis

Gergely Pap.
Gergely Pap.
Tuan Wadding Byrne reading the Proclamation.
Seán White and mayor of Wexford Ger Carthy to raising the flag.
Evan Ryan reading a WB Yeats poem.

Students at CBS Wexford were joined by past pupil and Wexford Mayor Cllr Ger Carthy when they reflected on the Rising during their recent Proclamation Day ceremony.

Celebrations kicked off with music and a speech from principal Michael McMahon, who spoke about the Proclamation and the rights it has granted us today.

A focus was put on the local historical connection when Angelo Miculesco read the story of the Rising in Enniscorthy and the role played by a former CBS pupil, Robert Brennan. Evan Ryan followed with a beautiful reading of Easter 1916 by WB Yeats. The Proclamation was then read out by Tuan Wadding Hayes, before a minute's silence was held in honour of all who lost their lives during Easter 1916.

To finish off the ceremony, Mayor Carthy was given the honour of raising the Irish flag, while everyone joined in with the singing of Amhrán Na Bhfiann.

Speaking about the occasion, CBS teacher Joe Ryan said that it was a great success.

'It was a very pleasing to see so many young people take the interest in the raising of the flag and the reading of the Proclamation,' he said.

'Many were not aware of the strong Wexford connection to the events of 1916 and it was our intention in putting the ceremony together to give a wider understanding of how 1916 impacted on the people of the time especially in Wexford.'

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