It was a rainy day in Tallaght today but that didn’t put a stop to the Official Raising of our National flag and Wreath Laying Ceremony just outside Tallaght Library.
Mayor of South Dublin County Council Cllr. Sarah Holland was there to oversee this afternoons events in the presence of the 7th Infantry Battalion, Cathal Brugha Barracks.
With bad weather the beginning of the ceremony took place inside the South Dublin County Council chambers. Cllr. Holland spoke to the many guests and media in attendance while the Proclamation was read aloud.
In addressing the guests Cllr Holland said;
“As mayor of South Dublin County Council and a Republican woman I am very honoured to welcome you all here, for the flag rasing and procolmation ceromany.
We are gathered here today to acknowledge the memory of all those who participated in those momentous events that took place this month, 100 tears ago. More importantly we acknowledge the ideals of what they stood for as we will hear read aloud in the proclamation. Those ideals are still as relevant today as they were 100 years ago.
The woman of that generation 100 years ago played a very important role in the new Irish democratic state and served in local and national government. It’s fitting that we remember those women on the day of our council meeting today, April 2016.
Local government gives woman a voice at local level and provides the experience and opportunities for more women to become involved in National politics and take their seats in the Dáil.
Since the beginning of the year I have attended a lot of Centenery events with the school children of South Dublin and I have first hand seen how a new generation have been inspired by the stories of the men, women and children who took part in the Easter Rising and how they reimagined Ireland.
It gives me great hope for the future of our county that our young people are committed to working together and create better outcomes for all generations where there is equal rights and opportunities for all, that the men and women of 1916 aspired to 100 years ago.”
After the proceedings inside, the wreath laying ceremony took place followed then by the official raising of the flag. The national anthem was played on the bagpipes as the guests proudly sang along.