Using the 1916 Proclamation, which became the blueprint for our emerging state, as a foundation, students were invited to write a new Proclamation. The intention was that the new Proclamations would reflect the values, ideals and aspirations of the generation of 2016.
Over 150 proclamations were submitted for consideration. The themes alluded to in students’ proclamations were diverse. They addressed the challenges our nation currently face. They also acknowledged how much we have accomplished since the formation of our state.
The winning proclamation was written by our very competent fifth-year student Katie Gallagher.
Katie, eloquently, read her proclamation for teachers and students on National Proclamation Day Tuesday 15th March 2016.
A copy of Katie’s proclamation is currently on exhibition in the foyer of Offaly County Council offices in Tullamore.
All of the students who submitted entries to this national initiative are winners. Each proclamation is unique and has its own singular appeal.
In the future, these proclamations will be valuable social history documents outlining the ideas, values and aspirations of Irish students in 2016.
Management, teachers and students are very proud that in this technology driven age our students still value the beauty and wisdom of engaging in the written arts.