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Coláiste Bhaile Chláir is proud to announce its celebratory centenary event in partnership with Beo Digital Schools’ Archive Project, NUI Galway and Claregalway Historical & Cultural Society.

The BEO Project represents a golden opportunity for the school to become a major catalyst in the collecting, digitizing and online storage of rare material associated with our locality that might otherwise be lost to future generations. What better way to celebrate the upcoming centenary of the Easter Rebellion than to collect and retell local history, ensuring it for future generations.

As part of this innovative project, students at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir are hosting a History Beo open afternoon, where members of the community are invited to visit the school and share old photos, videos, memorabilia and stories of times gone by.

On the day, students, under the instruction of teachers and project Co-ordinator Brendan Smith can offer labelling (tagging/annotation) of material, digital copies of photos/videos, photo ‘clean-up’ and placement on the History Beo online archive. This ensures your photo/ video/audio clip will be forever stored and passed on from generation to generation, it could also prove to be very helpful with connecting with members of Irish diaspora worldwide. Brendan will also be happy to discuss how local communities/groups can approach preserving their local history.

Photographs from dozens of schools and communities have already being uploaded thanks to the assistance of schools, active retirement associations, community groups and GAA clubs.

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Also, to mark this special occasion, we will be hosting a flag raising ceremony to celebrate our treasured national symbol. The flag being used on the day has been specially presented to the school in conjunction with the Thomas Meagher Foundation.

In addition, Claregalway Historical & Cultural Society have kindly agreed to display local historical artefacts at the school for this event.

If you are interested in becoming involved in BEO, or would simply like to reminisce about times gone by, why not visit our open afternoon on March 13th at 11.30am–1.30pm, where light refreshments and traditional Irish music will be provided.