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Easter Rising: Schools mark reading of 1916 proclamation

Pupils from the Mary Mother of Hope School in Dublin taking part in Proclamation Day

SCHOOLS and colleges across Ireland held events yesterday to mark the significance of the Proclamation of Independence as part of the Easter Rising centenary.

As part of the event, schools read the proclamation and pupils also read new proclamations setting out their own visions and ideals for the future.

Proclamation Day – the biggest event so far in the 1916 commemorative programme – involved almost every school pupil in the south.

A total of 25 primary schools across south Down and south Armagh also organised events to mark the occasion.

Schools hailed the event as a success, which followed months of work by pupils, teachers, and parents.

They said many pupils had used the occasion to address topical issues such as homelessness in the proclamations they wrote.

As well as reading proclamations, schools also raised the tricolour and held their own colourful programmes with poetry, music and pageantry.

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