Let me begin with a welcome and a thank you on behalf of the Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation. A thank you to all those who have helped put this event together, and a welcome to our VIP guests – yourselves.
You might be wondering why you’re here. Not for a day out - although we hope you enjoy the day. Not just for a memory and a story to tell your friends and family – although we hope you will. Not just to receive a flag on behalf of your school – although we hope you will fly it with pride in a prominent place. Your presence today actually has a much more important purpose.
As well as being here to receive a flag, you are also being given an important responsibility and a significant opportunity – the responsibility to communicate the flag’s message, not just by telling people what it is, but to have the opportunity of putting that message into practice.