Students of NLN Mullingar with their tutor Amy Quigley, Cllr Bill Collentine, chairperson, Mullingar Tidy Towns, and Jason McKevitt, historian, Mullingar Tidy Towns.

NLN students raise national flag for St Patrick's Day

Students of NLN Mullingar, partake in flag raising ceremony at the Mullingar 1916 Centenary Memorial

As part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, Mullingar Tidy Towns invited the students of National Learning Network Mullingar to partake in the raising of the national flag at the Mullingar 1916 Centenary Memorial.

The ceremony was part of a Mullingar Tidy Towns educational initiative, in which students from schools and centres of education are invited to get involved locally, in all things related to the Environment, biodiversity and heritage.

Cllr Bill Collentine, chairperson of Mullingar Tidy Towns, welcoming all present, said he was delighted to have the students and staff of NLN Mullingar there to take part and lead in the raising of the national flag on St Patrick’s Day.

Jason McKevitt, historian with Mullingar Tidy Towns, spoke about the history of the Irish national flag and the links between St Patrick and the Hill of Uisneach.

The ceremony concluded with the raising of the flag to full mast, carried out in short relays by students of both the Skills for Life and Employer Based Training (EBT) programmes, led by Amy Quigley, course co-ordinator EBT.

NLN Mullingar, as part of the Rehab Group, is a specialist educational and training provider, delivering courses in areas related to rehabilitative training and vocational training.

Students from NLN Mullingar, on completion of their studies, gain academic qualifications at both QQI Level 3 and Level 4 leading towards QQI Level 5.