Marymount Commemorates the 1916 Rising

A little bit of Irish history was remembered at Marymount on January 14th 2015 when the school was presented with an Irish flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation by a delegation from the Defence Forces.

During the ceremony, the Tricolour and Proclamation were accepted on behalf of the school by two fifth class pupils, Éabha Cosgrove and Ella Brady whose great grandfathers were both involved in the war of independence.

Eabha’s Great Grandfather Tom Burke  was a volunteer in 1916 and was subsequently interned in Frongoch in Wales where he became a trusted friend of Michael Collins and on his release went on to become one of the Big Fellow’s “silent couriers”.

Ella Brady’s Great Grandfather was James Joseph O’Connor who operated as a messenger in Dublin for the republican movement when he was still a young boy. At the time of the Easter Rising he was still only 13 years old and his parents were so worried that he would join the fighting that they hid his shoes so he could not participate. He later became a member of the North Dublin battalion of Na Fianna.

On March 15th 2016. We will have a special ceremony to fly the Irish tricolour at our school.