Pupils get a close up view of President’s inauguration

A total of ten Lisnaskea pupils from both St Ronan’s Primary School and the Moat Primary School made their way to Dublin Castle last weekend to attend Michael D Higgins presidential inauguration ceremony.
The trip was planned by both primary schools as part of their joint education partnership. Commenting on the trip, Brain McGrath, Principal at St. Ronan’s said, “Michael D had been talking about inclusiveness and building communities and societies. In the spirit of this we thought it would be nice to get involved and go together as one to Dublin Castle for this event.
 “We thought Michael D’s comments reflected the work that we are doing in education here, bringing the kids together to look at what our communities, have in common, what separates us and in that we are trying to show respect for each others culture and diversity in backgrounds.”
It was both an educational and exciting trip as pupils learnt about the Irish presidency and the inauguration ceremony. Pupils watched on as Michael D exited Dublin Castle to serve a second term as Irish President.
Felicity Humphreys, principal at the Moat Primary School said it was an ‘honour and privilege’ to be in attendance at the presidential inauguration.
“The principals and pupils in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the military and ceremonial aspects. They all had the privilege to congratulate and shake hands with President Michael D Higgins or his wife. Indeed some of our pupils were fortunate enough to shake hands with both the President and his wife.”
Mrs Humphreys added that the pupils had the unexpected thrill of following the presidential entourage to Dublin Castle.
“We were just a few vehicles behind and what an amazing entry to Dublin Castle! This was a truly memorable moment for those in attendance.”

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