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n Tuesday March 15th  students and staff of Coláiste Iognáid will celebrate Proclamation Day when we will raise the Tricolour and unveil our Proclamation for a New Generation.  Preparations for the event are already underway in the school.  Students  are engaging in a number of special school projects  and events to prepare for these 2016 Centenary celebrations:

Update on Centenary Events in the school!

IRIS ANIAR to be broadcast from the School


9.15am RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta

Beidh an clár ag teacht beo ó Choláiste Iognáid I nGaillimh inniu do Lá na Scoileanna, nuair a dhéanfar comóradh ar 1916 I scoileanna ar fud na tíre. Eibhlín Ní Chongaile sa chathaoir.


Flag Event: Students Oisin Parslow (5th year), Ruairi O Gorman (2nd Year) and Aishling Parslow (2nd Year) are today (Monday 7th March) attending a special ceremony for post primary schools which will take place in presence of president Michael D. Higgins in Croke Park.

750 schools from all over Ireland will attend and each school will be presented with our national flag & copies of the 1916 proclamation.


1916 Rising Debate:

Debaters do not regret this year’s celebration of the 1916 rising!

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As part of Coláiste Iognáid’s activities surrounding this year’s centenary of the 1916 rising, Sinn Fein Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh took on the Coláiste Iognáid Debating Society to oppose the motion that ‘This House Regrets the Celebrations of the 1916 Rising’.Senator Ó Clochartaigh worked with student debaters Eoin O’Cianna, Amy O’Gorman and Jack Counihan in opposition to Conor O’Sullivan, Harry Redfern, Kate Duggan and Ross Gorey. Sarah Gibbons chaired the debate and questions from the floor and eventually a vote where over a hundred pupils eventually decided that they did not regret this year’s celebratory events.With points that ranged from interrogating the legitimacy of the Rising itself and to evaluating the state of modern Ireland in relation to the ideals expressed in the Proclamation, the hour-long debate was lively, may have been occasionally heated but it certainly celebrated the ideals of free speech essential in a modern democracy.  Ó Clochartaigh, who remembers being defeated by ‘Jes’ debaters when he was at school, expressed relief that he was on the winning side!

Photo (L to R): Ross Gorey, Kate Duggan, Harry Redfern and Conor O’Sullivan:Sarah Gibbons (Chairperson),Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Eoin O’Cianna, Ruby Lynch (timekeeper), Amy O’Gorman and Jack Counihan:


Follow the links below to learn about the competitions and initiatives underway in the Jes that students and teachers can get involved with:

Download the brochure here for information on all of the school projects and competitions open to students of the Jes including A Poem for Ireland poetry competition, A Song for ’16 All Ireland Song Competition, The 2016 Ancestry Project and A Proclamation for a New Generation.  For more detailed information go to https://www.scoilnet.ie/ireland2016/


For a Google Earth tour of the 1916 Rising narrated by Colin Farrell – follow the link below


For a comprehensive overview of the centenary events and initiatives for the whole country go to http://www.ireland.ie/

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