Launch of ‘Easter 1916: From GPO to Free Derry’

The book will be officially launched at An Cult�rlann in Derry on Friday night.
The book will be officially launched at An Cult�rlann in Derry on Friday night.

A book commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising and charting the history of Irish republicanism in Derry will be officially launched in the city on Friday evening.

The book - “Easter 1916: From GPO to Free Derry” - contains stories and reflections of the impact of the Easter Rising on subsequent generations of republicans from the city.

The launch will take place at An Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Great James’ Street, at 7.30pm.

Guest speakers include historian and author Brian Lacey and Sinn Fein’s Raymond McCartney.

One of those behind the book, Tommy Carlin, says the new publication focuses not only on the efforts of Derry republicans to the momentous events of 1916 but, equally importantly, on the sacrifices made since.

The new book, he says, was a truly collaborative effort with many people involved in its compilation. However, he had a particular words of thanks for the book’s chief contributor, historian and author, Brian Lacey, whose input, he said, was invaluable.

Brian Lacey, himself, says the new book is, by no means, the final word on the 1916 period in Derry and the consequences of those events.

“This account should be seen as a tentative beginning and an impetus to further research, ” he says.

The book is available to buy at all SF offices in the city, Checkpoint Charlie (Waterloo Street) and the Museum of Free Derry priced at £6. All proceeds go to the Derry Republican Graves Association.