Schoolkids write song to honour 40 children killed in Easter Rising
A class of schoolchildren in Ireland have written and performed a moving song about the children that lost their lives during the Easter Rising.
The song, called Angels of 16, was written by children from Staplestown National School, Co. Kildare with the help of singer/songwriter Mick Dunne.
It is a wonderfully moving tribute to the forty innocent children that were killed during the five days of fighting in the Rising.
Mary McDowell is the children’s teacher. She told us: “The pupils felt that a song would be a fitting tribute to the children who died.
“They have sung the song publicly both in their school on Proclamation Day and when they visited Glasnevin Cemetery where they laid a floral wreath on the grave of young Sean Francis Foster who at 2 years of age was one of the youngest victims of the Easter Rising.
“Joe Duffy, whose book ‘Children of the Rising’ inspired the song has written to the pupils thanking them for their ‘wonderfully moving’ tribute. A relative of Sean Foster has also thanked the pupils of Staplestown for remembering his young cousin.”
The Easter Rising is arguably the most significant event in Irish history and 2016 saw the 100 year anniversary. There have been thousands of tributes and events around the world to mark the centenary and honour those that lost their lives.
This song by the kids at Staplestown is attracting some attention online and is being shared and liked across social media.
Take a look for yourself.