Cumann na mBan mural launched

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and residents of Gartan Square attend the unveiling of a new mural which celebrates 100 years of the Cumann na mBan.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and residents of Gartan Square attend the unveiling of a new mural which celebrates 100 years of the Cumann na mBan.

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Republicans, local residents and politicians attended the launch of a new mural dedicated to 100 years of the Cumann na mBan in the Bogside on Tuesday evening.

The mural, which celebrates not just the Cumann na mBan but the input of women throughout Irish history, was unveiled by the sister of former Derry Cumann na mBan member, Ethel Lynch.

Ethel Lynch joined the Cumann na mBan in 1972 but went on to be a staff officer in the IRA. She died while on active service in 1974.

The mural was designed by famous mural artist, Danny Devenny and the initiative was funded by Tar Abhaile, Derry Republican Ex-prisoner Centre.

Speaking at the launch of the mural, was local Sinn Fein councillor, Patricia Logue.

“This mural is a tapestry of history and it’s appropriate that at the centre of it is a picture of Constance Markievicz and Volunteer Ethel Lynch whose 40th Anniversary take place later this year. Ethel and all her comrades who made the ultimate sacrifice are always in our thoughts as we move forward,” said Colr. Logue.

“We would hope that everyone who views this mural can identify with some or all aspects of it and can see due revere to themselves and their comrades therein.”

The mural was unveiled by Philomena McLaughlin sister of Ethel Lynch whose 40th anniversary takes place later this year and Rosa Gallagher daughter of Elizabeth Doherty a member of Cumann na mBan in Derry in the 1920s.

“We would like to thank good friends of Derry- artists Danny Devenny and Marty Lyons for this outstanding piece of work, members of Ogra Shinn Féin who also helped out with the mural.

“I would also like to thank all of the residents of Gartan Square and Westland Street over the last number of weeks for their help and co-operation,” said Colr Logue.

Belfast born artist, Danny Devenny described working on the mural as extremely rewarding.

“The people of Derry are just typical Irish people in that they are so welcoming and friendly. I met and spoke to so many people while I worked on the mural.

“Paddy ‘Bogside’ Doherty lives near the mural. He was an idol of mine growing up,” he added.