Republicans from across Derry will gather at commemorations throughout the city this coming weekend to mark the 98th anniversary of the 1916 rising and to commemorate all those who have given their lives in pursuit of Irish Freedom.
Encouraging Republicans to take part in local commemorations this Sunday
Raymond McCartney MLA said
Easter is a very important date in the annual Republican calendar, a time when we not only gather in Derry ,across Ireland and throughout the world to remember those who have died in pursuit of Irish Freedom and Liberty and to stand in continued solidarity with their families, but also a time when we recommit ourselves to the pursuance of our Republican objectives.
This year there will be an added dimension with it being the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Cumann na mBan .The Easter Lily was designed in 1925 by Cumann na mBan. Dozens of women will head up the main march this year to mark the centenary.
I would encourage people not only to take part in their local events but also to come along with their families to be part of the main commemoration in Derry this Sunday at 2.00pm, assemble Westland Street .We are very pleased to announce this year that the main speaker will be Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald TD.
Local area commemorations will take place on Sunday at lunchtime at the Republican monuments
1.00pm Shantallow Monument (Racecourse Road) Waterside (Rose Court)
1.30pm Creggan (Central Drive), Bogside (Lecky Road)