A Co Dublin school that opened in response to a school places crisis affecting the children of immigrants has been celebrating its Irishness with a play based on the 1916 Rising.

Bracken Educate Together National School in Balbriggan opened in September 2007 as an emergency measure after it became clear by August that there was a substantial number of four- and five-year-olds in the area whose parents were unable to secure school places for them.

At a meeting held on the last weekend of August - to enrol children for the new school - dozens of parents turned up. 

To the shock of those organising the meeting, almost all of the parents were African immigrants.

The news that it was black children who were being excluded from local schools made headlines across the world.

Much of this was the result of the enrolment practices of local Catholic schools, who gave priority to Catholic children.

Nine years later Bracken Educate Together National School is thriving, and appears a model of successful integration.  

The events of 1916 are all the more poignant for this school community given that the parents of some of these pupils arrived in Ireland fleeing civil strife. Some of Bracken's pupils lost parents in war.

The school told RTÉ News that the events that led to its establishment are now "history".

RTÉ Archives: Listen back to Education Correspondent Emma O Kelly's 2007 Morning Ireland report on a meeting to establish an emergency school for some 90 children of African origin left without school places. 

RTÉ Archives: Parents in Balbriggan struggle to find school places for children