Commemoration of the Proclamation of Independence April 1916
A ceremony was held at Dripsey National School today to celebrate and commemorate the Proclamation of 1916.
A tin whistle rendering of the National Anthem was followed by a reading of the Proclamation, and by the pupils’ vision of the future Republic.
The National Flag was carried in procession and was then raised by the headmaster, Bernard Sheehan. Father Tom McDermott offered a prayer and Mr Sheehan made a short speech.
Tim Sheehan, February 1972
At first sight, the small townland of Dripsey would appear to be a picturesque and peaceful place, as indeed it is, but it has had its fair share of excitement in the past and there is a great feeling of the history of the place. The late Tim Sheehan was a local man who appreciated the rural beauty of Dripsey and its surrounds and who wrote lyrically about the area for many years. Sadly, the woollen mills he referred to have since closed down but the rest remains largely unchanged.
In more recent times, Dripsey has become well known for being the holder of the Shortest St Patrick's Day Parade in the World.
It is also the home of one of Ireland's best-known Garden Centres and Cork's premier water sports centre.