Held in collaboration with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation, included a speech by President Michael D. Higgins and is the first of its kind in the history of the state.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD who is head of the 1916 events programs said;
“I would like to thank the Defences Forces, the Department of Education and indeed all of the school teachers and principals which have made this initiative a success. Today we are teaming up with the Thomas F Meagher Foundation to complete the program by providing a National Flag to every secondary school in the State. This is the start of what will be a very busy few weeks of commemorations, when I hope people right across the country will come together to remember our shared history, reflect on our achievements and re-imagine our shared future.”