Flag Day Ideas
Sample Flag Day Event
The below are some ideas and templates that may be of assistance to your school when holding your Flag Day events. These ideas and templates have been taken from previous schools who have held similar events and we hope these are of help and inspiration to you.
If you would like to use your activities as part of your Gaisce Bronze Award please see further information on this HERE
Preparation for Flag Day Event
Register with the Thomas F. Meagher Foundation to receive your free Pack.
Form an event planning committee, allow the students to take ownership of this – This committee should be broadly advertised within the school and be fully inclusive of all the school population.
If you wish you could set up a dedicated social media presence for your day or share on your school's social channels.
most years lapel pins are included in to allow schools to raise funds for projects or charities of your choice, however during these past two years of the covid 19 pandemic this has been challenging for schools. we recognise this and hope to include them once again next year in 2023 so schools can Research and decide upon which charity or project they would like their fundraising to go towards.
Your event should be exactly whatEVER your school would like to do. below are just some ideas but we encourage schools and students to be as creative as possible.
Ask all nationalities within your school if they would like to do a little information sheet or speech on the day about their heritage and what the Flag of their other country means to them, also what the Irish Flag means to them.
Ask all students in your school to bring something which reminds them of a country they have an affinity or relationship with, this could be an item of clothing, food or an object. These countries could be a student’s place of birth, their parent’s place of birth, their grandparents place of birth or even where they have family members. This can then form a display.
Music have been found to be a great source of inclusion and having music from different nations which are represented in the school as part of your event.
Having a display board where all nationalities of the school are mentioned alongside one word that they associate with the Irish Flag.
A flag raising ceremony either inside or outside of the school have formed part of previous events.
Follow up from Flag Day
please send the foundation your photos and videos from your event and you will recieve a dedicated thomas f. meagher foundation certificate of participation.
should you have fundraised with lapel pins please Send the Foundation details of your event, if money was raised and who it was raised for.
Present your charity or project with the money raised for Flag Day.
Flag Day Events
The Foundation was delighted to have schools from throughout the State take part in Flag Day Activities for the last number of years and hold events in their schools so all students of the school could come together to learn the history of the flag and raise funds. Lapel pins supplied for free by the Foundation were sold for charities locally, nationally and internationally and for projects chosen by the pupils. Many of these pupils then entered the Foundations Awards and Scholarship Programme, more details are available here. Some of the activities by schools and students and some of the projects monies were raised for are below.
Flag Day 2019 - Loreto Abbey Dalkey TY students involved in re-imagining the Irish flag with an environmental theme
L - R Kate Hamilton, Rebecca Johnston, Charlie Power, Alex McKenna, Ella Fenlon, Anna Martin and Trudie Goodman.
Flag Day 2019 - Maria Immaculata Community College who raised €100 for Jigsaw Cork
Flag Day 2019 - Bremore Educate Together Secondary School, Balbriggan, Dublin
Flag Day 2019 - Grennan College, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Flag Day 2019 - Blessington Community College who made €380 for the local Day Care Center.
Flag Day 2019 - Colaiste Bride, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
Flag Day 2019 - Kinsale Community School, Kinsale, Co.Cork
Flag Day 2019 - St Joseph’s College, Lucan, Dublin
Flag Day 2019 - Griffeen Community College , Lucan, Co. Dublin
Flag Day 2019 - North Monastery Secondary School, Cork City, Cork
Flag Day 2019 - St Jarlath’s College, Tuam, Co. Galway
Students from Colaiste Bride, Wicklow with an all school assembly celebrating Flag Day
Students and their teacher from Gorey Community School Wexford raised a whopping €350 for the Gorey-based North Wexford
SPCA by taking part in Flag Day 2018
Crana College Donegal celebrating Flag Day
Students from Scoil Mhuire Roscommon presenting their chosen charity Mayo Roscommon with the money raised from their Flag Day Activities.
All the €435 raised from our bake sale, all proceeds go directly to funding free palliative care for patients.
Kinsale Community School, held an assembly and music event for Flag Day
St Jarlaths College students doing a bucket collection on Flag Day for Focus Ireland
Students from North Mon School Cork presenting their fundriaisng money to COFFA House & Jacqui Tyler
Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick held a Flag Raising Ceremony for Flag Day
St Pauls Community College Waterford held a day of fundraising and activities for Flag Day
Flag Day 2020
- free lapel pins to sell for any charity or project of your choice
- lesson plans devised by the History Teachers Association
- an Irish Flag which has flown from 33 The Mall
- promotional material to use on Flag Day 2020
- details on the Foundation's awards and scholarship programme
You will also receive a sample event plan as we encourage all schools to hold an event on Flag Day to ensure all students in the school feel included in the celebrations.
To assist you in your classes, we are delighted to work with the Irish Independent on lesson plans, these along with other information is available at https://tfmfoundation.ie/teaching-resources . This year we are delighted to be working with Gaisce, which allows your students earn their Bronze Award while taking part in Flag Day, below is a sample plan to follow to allow your students earn their Gaisce Award, however this can be changed in any way to suit your timetable as long as is it 13 weeks long.