Easter commemorations this weekend

editorial image

Local republicans will be holding a number of commemoration events throughout the weekend to mark the 96th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

Various republican groups will be holding their own events from Saturday to Easter Monday.

The Irish Republican Socialist Party will be holding a wreath laying ceremony at the republican socialist plot in the City Cemetery, Derry, on Saturday afternoon at 2pm.

The Republican Network for Unity will also be holding a wreath laying ceremony at the Cúchulain statue in the republican plot of the City Cemetery at 2.30pm on Saturday.

On Sunday, Republican Sinn Féin will hold its Easter Rising commemoration at 12 noon in the City Cemetery chaired by veteran county Derry republican, Mickey McGonigle, at the republican plot.

Sinn Féin will be hosting the largest commemoration of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, beginning with a march from Westland Street to the Cúchulain monument in the City Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at Westland Street at 2.30pm. The main speaker at the commemoration will be Carál Ní Chuilín, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure.

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement will hold its commemoration event on Monday at 2.30pm with a short march from the gates of the City Cemetery to the republican plot. The group have said that a prominent speaker will be in attendance.

Meanwhile, Martin McGuinness will be the main speaker at the Easter commemoration at Drumboe on Sunday. Those attending are asked to assemble at Johnston’s Corner, Stranorlar, at 3pm. Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray will speak at the Buncrana commemoration at Cockhill at 12noon on Sunday.

See Andrew McCartney’s opinion piece on page 36.