Friday, April 28, 2006

I got home from work last night and switched on the news. Boom out of the blue comes the news that my old primary school in Inchicore, Saint Michaels CBS, is set to close at the end of the present school year.

The school is currently run by the Christian Brothers, though as far as I know the current teaching staff is exclusively comprised of lay people. According to the Minister for Education, Mary Hanafin, once the board of management of a school announce their intention to close, they first inform the Department of Education, where after the school is closed over a phased period of years.

In this case the Department of Education were not informed of the impending closure and said closure is to take place with immediate effect.

Saint Michaels CBS occupies the site of the former Richmond Barracks. In April 1916 once Pearse, Connolly and the others leaders of the Rising surrendered, they were marched to Richmond barracks and spent their first night of captivity there.

Should you ever get the opportunity to visit Saint Michaels you’ll see a mural depicting the events of 1916. The mural was painted in 1984 by the then pupils of Saint Michaels. My contribution to the mural is a depiction of a British soldier.

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