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Irish Independent Supplement 2017


2017 Awards and Scholarship Lunch

The seven 2017 Thomas F. Meagher Awards & Scholarships winning schools were invited to the annual Kerrygroup Awards and Scholarship Lunch in Leinster House on May the 22nd. The Guest of HOnour Ceann COmhairle Sean O'Fearghail praised the students and teachers involved for working with the Foundation for promoting not only pride in and respect for the Irish Flag and its true meaning for peace but also for being young leaders in the community and active citizens.


The 7 schools and the charities they raised money for are below:

  • Regina Mundi, Cork - Trocaire and Down Syndrome Ireland
  • ​Mary Immaculate College Cork- West Cork Wheelchair Association
  • Colaiste Phonail Cholmcille Tory Island- Make A Wish
  • ​Colaiste Bride Dublin- Mens Cancer Alliance
  • ​North Monastery School Cork City- Irish Cancer Society
  • ​Castleknock College Dublin- Project in Ambo Ethiopia
  • ​Christ Kings Girls School Cork- Pieta House


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2016 State Flag Presentation Ceremony

The Foundation was delighted to partner with the Government's Project 2016 Office to host the 2016 State Ceremonial Flag Presentation Ceremony on the 7th of March in Croke Park with President Michael D Higgins as Guest of honor and 5,000 schoolchildren and teacher from throughout the State in attendance to recieve a flag which had flown from 33 The Mall and a Proclamation Pack.


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Irish Independent Supplement 2016

Here you can see some of the pages from our 'The People's Flag' supplement for the Irish Independent that was published on March 14th 2016.

Thomas F. Meagher Foundation to present tricolour to every secondary school in Ireland by Easter 2016

From: Radio Kery

Radio Kerry news features the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation and features a recording of Reverend Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation.

Click here to visit the Radio Kerry news page.

The Irish Defence Forces at the State Flag Ceremony

The Defence Forces proudly assisted with the presentation of flags and proclamation packs to approximately 6000 secondary school representatives today in collaboration with the Ireland 2016 programme and the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation. This is in addition to the 3200 primary schools nationwide that received packs under the Flags to Schools initiative since September. The Defence Forces provided a Presidential Escort of Honour by 2 Cavalry Squadron, a Captain's Guard of Honour by the 12th Infantry Battalion, Music by the Army No 1 Band and the packs were delivered to school by prominent sports people that are members of the Defence Forces; 9 time camogie All Star Corporal Gemma O'Connor (Cork), Kilkenny hurling stars Major General Kieran Brennan, Corporal Paul Murphy, Private Colin Fennelly and national handball champion Ordinary Mechanic Robbie McCarthy (Westmeath) of the Irish Naval Service, currently ranked number 2 in the world. Other civic and sports personalities present today with historical links to the War of Independence included Ryan Tubridy, Packie Bonner and John Treacy.

The delivery of these packs today will assist secondary schools participate in Proclamation Day on the 15th of March, where schools are encouraged to use their packs to hold small flag raising ceremonies and recite and engage with the Proclamation, bringing a deeper understanding of our national identity to the next generation of Irish men and women, and indeed a new generation of multi cultural Irish.

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President Higgins Guest of Honour 2015 Flag Presentation Ceremony

“May I, as President of Ireland, congratulate all those involved with the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation for their important work in fostering a better understanding of the history and meaning of the Irish Tricolour amongst all of our secondary school students”.

Here you can view the entirety of President Higgins speech at the First School’s Presentation Event in County Waterford.

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