A ceremony was held in Ballyboy in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the Irish Free State. Two members of the Army came to visit our school to present us with the Proclamation of Independence and the Tri Colour Irish Flag. They were also joined by a Bag Piper from Mountbolus Pipe Band. Sergant Poynton and Gunner O'Scally asked the children questions about the events of 1916 and asked them did they know some facts about where the colours for our flag originated from. The children had great answers and it was established that the idea of a tri colour was gifted to us from the French. The green in the flag represents the Gaelic Tradition, white represents peace and the Orange represents the followers of William of Orange. A great number of parents and grandparents came to the presentation and we would like to thank them for their support and participation.
During the week leading up to the presentation Musicians in our senior classes put together a group and on the day they played beautiful traditional Irish songs, and they also played "O ro the rattlin bog" which was a big hit with the younger children in the school. Following the presentation Parents and grandparents were invited into the school for tea and refreshments. It was also Ms. Callaghans Birthday on the day and Sgt. Poynton and Gunner O'Scally surprised her with a birthday cake.