March to Glory June 2016

img_6623With nearly six hundred  in the audience, and 220 children participating, there were over 800  people crammed in to the Community Centre, Dromiskin, for the performance of March to Glory on Thursday, June 9th, 2016.

March to Glory is a three act play developed from a pageant,Triumph of All Sorts, by Damian White, a principal teacher from County Offaly. It is based on the events of 1916 and covers many aspects of that momentous time in our country’s history. It has the rich and the poor, Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan, Ulster Volunteers, IRB, Patrick Pearse and his fellow revolutionaries, Patrick Rankin from Newry, the marriage of Joseph Mary Plunkett and Grace Gifford, British army, WWI casualties from Dromiskin and the tragic children killed in 1916.

img_6739Every child in the school was on the stage at some point or other and what a performance they put on. There was bit of everything – with song and dance, comedy, poetry, high drama, tension, tragedy, death and finally redemption. The huge audience gave each and every performance a rousing applause, acknowledging the efforts put in by the children and their teachers. Tony and Jane brought the house down when they raised the tricolour at the end of the show and the roof of the Community Centre was raised with an 800 strong rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann.

Principal, Pat Mulligan, thanked all those involved in bringing the play to fruition, particularly the parents, wonderful staff of St. Peter’s and last, but not least, our fantastic children who were the stars of the show. He paid particular tribute to Ms Michelle Boyle, our Speech and Drama teacher, who brought out the very best of each and every one of the pupils in Dromiskin School.

Eireann go Deo!! Click HERE for more pictures