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2018 Awards and Scholarship Lunch

The 2018 Thomas F. Meagher Awards & Scholarships winning schools were invited to the annual Kerrygroup Awards and Scholarship Lunch in Leinster House in May 2018. 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.

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2018 GPO Witness History: Permanent Exhibit on the Irish Flag

The first ever permanent exhibit on the Irish Flag in the history of the State was opened in 2018 by the Foundation in conjunction with Shannon Heritage at The GPO Witness History Museum.

The exhibit outlines the history of the Irish Flag and the life of Thomas F. Meagher.

It also outlines the vision of the Foundation, an aim of inclusion and inclusiveness.

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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.

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2017 Awards and Scholarship Lunch

Click below to read more about the 2017 Awards and Scholarship Lunch and see some of the great photos.  The 7 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.

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2016 Scholarship Presentation Lunch 16th May

On the 16th of May 2016 the seven chosen schools who demonstrated active citizenship in their communities and raised money for charities were presented with third level scholarships.

The winning schools were:

St. Nathy's, Roscommon

Regina Mundi College, Cork

Glanmire Community College, Cork

Stratford College, Dublin

Colaiste Bríde, Dublin

Schull Community College, Cork.

Presentation Secondary School, Tipperary

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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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2016 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.

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2015 Renaming Ceremony of the Suir Bridge in Honour of Thomas F. Meagher

Renaming Ceremony of the Suir Bridge in Honour of Thomas F. Meagher Waterford, 12th March 2015

One of the last major infrastructural projects to be unveiled in Ireland in recent years was named after the patriot who first raised the green, white and orange tricolour in 1848 which became our national flag.

The bridge, which spans the river Suir outside Waterford and was opened in 2009, and was named the Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge, in honour of the man who played a key role in the 1848 rebellion before being transported abroad and ending up as a friend of President Lincoln and governor of Montana.

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2016 January 1st - Flag raising ceremony in Dublin Castle

Reverend Michael Cavanagh (CoI), chair of the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation which promotes Pride in and Respect for the Irish Flag and its meaning for Peace, welcomed the Flag raising ceremony in Dublin Castle.

The 2016 Programme of commemorative events began on Friday 1st January in Dublin Castle.  A symbol of peace and reconciliation, the National Flag of Ireland, was raised at Dublin Castle with the President in attendance

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The 2015 Schools' Irish Flag Presentation

 

The Thomas F Meagher Foundation Awards & Scholarship Programme, officially launched by Michael D. Higgins

On March 12th, 2015, the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation held the first School’s Presentation event, which took place in Waterford at the Kingfisher Club, with a speech by our special Guest of Honour, President Michael D. Higgins.

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2015 President Higgins Guest of Honour 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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