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Presentation of National Flag & 1916 Proclamation by Defence Forces
to Monastery National School, Ardee

Past Pupil Eamonn Ceannt is a Signatory of 1916 Proclamation

As part of the Government planned Ireland 2016 Programme, the major national initiative to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising, every national school in Ireland will be presented with our National Flag and a copy of the 1916 Proclamation by members of our Defence Forces.

However for
Monastery National School, Ardee this is a very significant event as one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation, Eamonn Ceannt attended the school in the late 1880s/early 1890s. He was the son of an RIC Officer, James Kent and was born in 1881 in the police barracks in Ballymoe, County Galway. In 1883 Constable James Kent was promoted to Head Constable and in 1889 he was transferred to Ardee. Also in 1889 the De La Salle Brothers founded their school (now Monastery NS) and the young boy Eamonn Ceannt attended.

Ceannt was a founder member of the Irish Volunteers and a signatory of the Proclamation of Independence. He was in command of the 4th Battalion of Irish Volunteers at the South Dublin Union in 1916, which is now the site of St James’s Hospital. Ceannt’s brother William, was a sergeant-major in the Royal Dublin Fusliers (British Army) stationed in Fermoy, County Cork. He landed in France in September 1916 and was killed in action on 24th April 1917. He was stationed in Cork during the Easter Rising 1916 and had tried to get leave to travel to Dublin to see his brother Eamonn but his request was refused.

Monastery NS organised a special assembly, on Tuesday, October 13 to receive the National Flag and 1916 Proclamation from the Defence Forces and to celebrate the contribution of our former pupil Eamonn Ceannt. The assembly was attended by 3 to 6 class pupils, parents, staff and members of the school Board of Management and was opened with the playing of Amhrán na bhFiann on the fiddle by former teacher Mr Bartle Woods.

Principal Mr Jim McGee spoke to the assembly about how the school is celebrating and commemorating the 1916 Rising as part of the
Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and how Monastery NS will be taking part in many other commemorative activities over the coming months. He also spoke about past pupil Eamonn Ceannt and how proud the school is of their association with him. Eamonn Ceannt’s grand-niece, Mary Gallagher, attended and spoke of the life and times of her famous relative and of his contribution to our nation. She spoke of his great interest in education and in particular music and the Irish language.

The Defence Forces were represented by Sergeant Kevin Flanagan and Private Keith Curtis of the 27 Battalion. Sergeant Flanagan read from the Proclamation and presented our National Flag. He also spoke about the history of the tricolour and instructions on how to care for the flag. An excerpt from the Proclamation was read by pupil Cathal Egan while our National Flag was received by pupil David McDonnell. Pupil Lee McCormack received the special commemorative pack from the Defence Forces team that included two copies of the proclamation (Irish and English) and a copy of Amhrán na bhFiann. The assembly concluded with a prayer from Board of Management Chairperson, Father Peter Murphy.

Irish TV channel (
www.irishtv.ie) were also present at the assembly and did interviews with Mr McGee and Mary Gallagher. The programme which includes coverage of the special school assembly will be broadcast on Thursday, October 22 at 6.30pm.

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