St Patrick’s PS Newry children get thunderous ovation at Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
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The children of St Patrick’s Primary School in Newry received a thunderous ovation at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Dublin at the weekend when Joint First Minister Martin McGuinness read an excerpt from a version of the Proclamation the children had written. stpatricks26“The vision of 1916 is alive and well across this island,” he told the thousands packed into the National Convention Centre. “Only yesterday I met a group of primary school children in Newry involved in a history project which inspired them to write their own version of the Proclamation. “They presented me with a copy of it and it reads ‘we demand that all the people of Ireland have a safe and warm home as every person deserves; homelessness must come to an end. All families should have a nice warm meal every night. We demand that all children have the highest standard of education possible.’ “Those primary school children, in my opinion, have more political principal and maturity than many of our self serving political parties,” he insisted. McGuinness was presented with the Proclamation by the children during a visit to the school on Friday with Newry candidate Conor Murphy. Article continues below: LearnSpark1Murphy said both he and the Joint First Minister had been hugely impressed by the children. “We were hugely impressed by the talent and knowledge of the children,” he said. “The 1916 exhibition they had put together was a unique and fascinating piece of work but the Proclamation they had written was truly special. It displayed an impressive understanding of the issues facing Ireland today and a real sense of social responsibility. “The parents and staff of St Patrick’s should be very proud of the talented, intelligent, mature and socially conscious children and pupils they are raising,” he added.

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