Branar Téatar do Pháistí announces Ireland’s First ever ‘Arts Flag’ awarded to Galway school


Branar is delighted to announce the inaugural presentation of the first ever Arts Flag to Scoil Naomh Fhursa Claran in Headford, Co. Galway. The Arts Flag is an initiative developed by Branar’s Artistic Director, Marc Mac Lochlainn, following a generous invitation from Acorn Insurance in Galway who are sponsors of the Arts Flag project.

The Arts Flag is intended as a statement of achievement and intent with regard to the prominence and status of the arts in the school. It will be a visible beacon that indicates a commitment to the importance of participation in the arts for the students of the school, both within and outside the classrooms.

This is the first of three Arts Flags presented this month by Branar and Acorn Insurance. Flags will also be presented to Holy Trinity National School, Mervue and Scoil Chaitríona Renmore Junior School.

Acorn Insurance, in collaboration with Branar, was looking for ways to incentivise creativity and the arts in schools as well as acknowledge and reward all of the amazing arts activities that happen in schools on a daily basis.

Commenting on the Arts Flag project, Marc Mac Lochlainn, Artistic director of Branar and creator of the Arts Flag project said:

The Arts Flag offers schools the chance to work with local working artists who are experts in their field of practice, but it also allows Branar to create employment for these artists. We hope that by having an Arts Flag displayed outside the school’s gate, that it will be recognised as a place that celebrates artistic activity.”

Acorn Insurance, a Galway-owned company, based in Galway city, are sponsors of this project. Their sponsorship has enabled 3 Galway schools and over 400 students to have access to quality arts activity in their schools. Branar plans to roll out the Arts Flag in schools throughout Galway city and county, and eventually nationwide.

Commenting on behalf of Acorn Insurance, Jennifer Loftus –Acorn Life Group Ltd said:

“We at Acorn Life Group Limited are very proud of our 100pc Irish owned heritage.  Ireland of course has a unique and rich artistic heritage which is an integral part of our identity as a country. We are privileged to help contribute to the future of the arts in Ireland through the nurturing of artistic talent and appreciation of the arts amongst Irish children.  In particular, being Galway based, it was a privilege to launch the first Arts Flag in Claran N.S, a Co. Galway school.  We look forward to working with Branar in the future, supporting the Acorn Arts Flag initiative in primary schools.”

Commenting on the collaboration with Acorn, Marc MacLochlainn said:

“We are very happy that Acorn Life Group were part of this project and we would like to thank them for sponsoring this fantastic project in Galway schools. More information on Acorn Life Group companies can be found at and

The Arts Flag aims to:

  • Reward existing excellence in arts activity in schools
  • Promote, foster and develop an appreciation of the place and role of the arts in schools, both within and beyond the curriculum
  • Generate and encourage mutually beneficial working relationships between schools and local artists
  • Assist schools engage with arts organisations and venues in their locality
  • Expand and deepen the understanding of what arts activity might represent in schools
  • Enable the Arts Flag to be a motivational emblem that will encourage other schools and communities to participate in the Arts Flag scheme and in the arts in general.

Schools are invited to apply to Branar and complete an inventory of all their arts activities and the talents that they have in the school. Once selected, the respective school/s, in consultation with Branar, identify a new art form that they would like to explore and develop. An artist with the relevent skills is selected and provided to the school for one week. At the end of the week the artist and the teachers come up with a 6-week plan of arts activites inspired by the artist’s visit.



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IMG_2944  Scoil Fhursa, Claran


IMG_2955 (3) Scoil Fhursa, Claran

IMG_3058 (3) Scoil Chaitríona Renmore Junior School

IMG_3068  Scoil Chaitríona Renmore Junior School



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