So many things happen in the month of May in any one school in the country that it merits Mr Cullen’s designation as “May madness.” Hence, it is only now that I am getting around to uploading this short series of End of Year Events. Click on an image below to magnify.
The above picture shows Sixth Year Student Conor O’Reilly presenting a copy of his booklet commemorating the past pupils of Joeys who were involved in the 1916 Rising.
The SIPTU Dublin District Council unveiled a series of plaques around Dublin to commemorate the men, women and young people who served with the Irish Citizen Army (ICA) during the revolutionary period. Two of the distinctive plaques have already be unveiled in the North Strand and Essex Street. During May six plaques were scheduled to be unveiled among which St Joseph’s was honoured to have one erected on a pillar of its front wall in recognition that Seán Connolly among other ICA members had attended our famous school.
Each unveiling was accompanied by a march by trade unionists dressed in Irish Citizen Army uniforms, speeches about the involvement of people from the local community in the organisation and a social event .SIPTU Dublin District Council joint secretary, John Dunne, said: “During 2016, the SIPTU Dublin District Council in conjunction with local community groups and Dublin City Council, are unveiling a series of plaques to commemorate the working class men, women and young people who served in the Irish Citizen Army in the areas were they lived.”
The above photo shows Students Council and trades union representatives in the uniform of the Irish Citizens Army outside our school today at the unveiling of commemorative plaque in honour of the ICA!
In attendance at our unveiling were dignitaries from SIPTU and a grandson of Seán Connolly and the great-grandson of Peadar Kearney, the author of the National Anthem, another famous past pupil of St Joseph’s Fairview.