‘Wear an Easter Lily’ call

Sinn F�in councillor Colly Kelly, fourth from left, pictured at the launch of this year's Easter Lilly campaign with members of �ige Phoblachtach Dhoire at the republican monumnet, Rossville Street. (1903MM06)
Sinn F�in councillor Colly Kelly, fourth from left, pictured at the launch of this year's Easter Lilly campaign with members of �ige Phoblachtach Dhoire at the republican monumnet, Rossville Street. (1903MM06)

Republicans in Derry have been urged to wear an Easter Lily in the run up to the anniversary of the Easter Rising.

The lily is the traditional symbol of the 1916 Easter Rising and badges and pins featuring lilies are often worn by republicans at Easter to remember the rebellion, as well as republicans who died during the Troubles.

The campaign to encourage people to encourage people to wear an Easter lily was launched last week by members of Óige Phoblachtach Dhoire - Sinn Féin’s youth party.

Councillor Colly Kelly was also present at the launch at the republican monument at Rossville Street with the members of Óige Phoblachtach Dhoire.

Speaking at the annual launch, Caolán McGinley of Óige Phoblachtach Dhoire said while the Easter lily is about remembering the past, it is also a positive symbol for the future.

“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.

“The lily has always had strong symbolic value, though its meaning and symbolism have changed through the ages. Today in 2013 it symbolises the possibility of unity, equality and prosperity for all the peoples of the island,” he said.

Easter lily pins will be available throughout the city in the run up to Easter Sunday, March 31.

A limited number of metal pin lily badges are also available at the Ráth Mór Sinn Féin office, Eastway, and Peadar O’Donnell’s Bar, Waterloo Street.

The main Easter Rising commemoration will take place in the city on Easter Sunday with a march to the republican plot in the City Cemetery.

Donegal Sinn Féin TD Inishowen Pearse Doherty will be the main speaker at the commemoration. This year’s event is part of a series of initiatives which will take place in the city to remember the Easter Rising in the build up to the centenary of the rebellion in 2016.

Details of this year’s commemoration events will be announced in the coming weeks.