Following up on an idea given to him by Eunice Jeffers, in Dunmanway, the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, decided to present each school in the Diocese with an olive tree – a symbol of peace and reconciliation. These are to be the centrepiece of special school assemblies being held in every school today to mark the centenary of the First World War. The trees were specially imported and were distributed throughout the Diocese earlier this week.
Bishop Colton himself delivered the trees to each of the three second level schools in the Diocese on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and spoke with the students about the continuing significance and impact for us all of the First World War one hundred years on.
Materials for use at the school assemblies were written by Jacqui Wilkinson who lectures in the Church of Ireland Centre at the Institute of Education at Dublin City University. The materials may be seen here: Armistice 100 Assembly