1916 Poetry, Music and Art Exhibition

Art, History, Music and Poetry Exhibition April 21st

On last Thursday, Cork County Lord Mayor, John Paul O’ Shea officially launched the Patrician Academy 1916 exhibition of Art, History, Poetry and Music. In what proved to be a very cultural evening history students David Kearney and Ralph Buesmeil explained the background to their projects relating to the seven signatories of the Proclamation, while 1st Year students Ben Buckley and Finnian Daly recited some self composed poetry which also linked in with the Centenary. The original proclamation was recited by Padraig O’Driscoll, Student Council Chairperson, while 5th year students Kevin Sexton recited the Patrician Academy 2016 proclamation. Eoin Kenny, Junior Chair of the Student Council read the stirring Pearse’s oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa and James Cashman recited the beautiful “Easter 1916” By William Butler Yeats. All of this took place to the artistic backdrop created by second year art students and explained by Ralph Buesmeil. The artwork depicting, the imagery of the Rising will be on display in the Library for the general Public until May 5th. Musical Accompaniment on the evening was provided by the Patrician Academy Trad Group.


Ms. Butler (history), Ms. Glynn (art), Mr. O’Shea (art), Lord Mayor of County Cork Mr. John Paul O’Shea, Ms. Catherine Fitzpatrick, Mr. Michael O’Neill (Centenary Commemoration committee)


Ben Buckley 1st year recites his poem


Finian Daly 1st year recites his poem


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Proclamation Day 2016

Proclamation Day 2016

On Tuesday March 15th the Patrician Academy proudly joined schools the length and breath of the country in commemorating the historic events of Easter week 1916. Following the raising of the flag and the singing of ”Amhran na bhfiann”, the principal addressed the assembled students, former students, staff and invited guests. ”These men were visionaries” said principal, Ms. Fitzpatrick, speaking of the signatories of the proclamation, ”who envisaged an Irish Republic that would guarantee religious and civil liberty, a republic which would foster and promote harmony and peace between all citizens on the Island of Ireland”. She spoke to the assembled students saying ” We believe that one of the key messages today of the Patrician Academy is that you all have a role to play, as a citizen in shaping the future of Ireland. You the leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, farmers, writers, artists and poets of the future will help to shape the Ireland which will emerge over the next 100 years”.

Following the Principal’s address, the proclamation was read by Padraig O’Driscoll, Chairperson of the Student Council. Next, the 2016 Proclamation, a document drafted by three fifth year students – Kevin Sexton, Bill Gaine and Ruairi Ganley, was read by Kevin Sexton and expressed, albeit modernised, a similar staunch conviction to that expressed one hundred years ago. Eoghan Kenny, a third year student and Vice-Chairperson of the Student Council next delivered a stirring rendition of Padraig Pearse’s historic oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa. James Cashman, fifth Year recited W.B Yeats’ great poetic tribute to the rising ‘ Easter 1916’ and finally Ruairi Carroll, a sixth year recited the novig Padraig Pearse poem ‘ Misé Éire; as Gaeilge.

Interspersed throughout proceedings was the wonderful musical accompaniment of the school choir and traditional music group performing such pieces as ” The Dawning of the Day” and ” The Foggy Dew”, under the musical guidance of Ms. Hutch and Ms. Luddy.

All present agreed that it was a very fitting tribute to the memory of our country’s patriots and that it was an historic day in the history of the Patrician Academy. Huge thanks must be expressed to all who participated and in particular to the History Department teachers – Mr. Vincent Foley, Ms. Sharon Butler, Ms. Mary Ellen Cronin Mr. Michael McAuliffe and all who have helped to literally bring history to life in the school.


Finian Daly First year student raises the Tricolour.


History Teacher Mr. Vincent Foley and Finian Daly First Year raise the Irish Republic Flag.


Eoghan Kenny delivering the historic O’Donovan Rossa oration.


Students of the Academy enjoying the Proclamation Ceremony


Members of the Board Of Management, Peter McKenna ( 2nd from left), Margaret Leahy, Todd Kerby, Principal Catherine Fitzpatrick, Meave Myers and past pupil Sergeant Shane Barry member of the Defence Forces with Students Eoghan Kenny (left) and Kevin Sexton (right)


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