Derry Easter Lily launched

Pictured at the launch of the Easter Lily in Derry, from left to right, Sinn Fein Councillor, Elisha McCallion, Sinn Fein Councillor, Sandra Duffy and Patricia Moore from the Derry Graves Association.
Pictured at the launch of the Easter Lily in Derry, from left to right, Sinn Fein Councillor, Elisha McCallion, Sinn Fein Councillor, Sandra Duffy and Patricia Moore from the Derry Graves Association.

The Easter Lily, used by members of Sinn Fein to commemorate the Easter Rising in 1916, are now on sale in Derry.

Speaking to the Journal at the launch of the lily, local Sinn Fein Councillor, Sandra Duffy, explained why the emblem remained symbolic.

“The Easter Lily is an emblem of unity between the different traditions within the nation as well as the heroism of those who sacrificed so much in 1916,” said Colr. Duffy.

“The lily has always had strong symbolic value, though its meaning and symbolism have changed through the ages. Today, in 2015 it symbolises the possibility of unity, equality and prosperity for all the peoples of the island.”

The Easter Lily was designed in 1925 by Cumann na mBan.

The annual distribution of the lilies will take place in the lead up to Easter weekend. A limited numbers of metal pin badges are also available at Sinn Fein’s Ráth Mór office on the New Road and Peadar O Donnell’s, Waterloo Street.