New Easter Lily monument for the Bogside area

A sculpture of an Easter Lily, measuring almost six foot, will be unveiled in Derry tomorrow.

Friday, 5th August 2016, 8:02 am
Updated Friday, 5th August 2016, 10:05 am
The new granite statue of the Easter Lily will be installed in the Bogside area on Saturday.

The 1916 centenary commemoration monument, which has been sculpted out of granite and paid for by donations, will be located in the Bogside area.

The monument commemorates all those who lost their lives in the Republican struggle over the past century.

The project will be unveiled during the Derry 1916 Unified Centenary Commemoration of the Easter Rising, which will start with a march from the upper gates of the City Cemetery at 12.30pm.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “The event will remember all those who have given their lives in pursuit of the aspirations of freedom, with the unveiling of an Easter Lily monument in the Bogside.

“Relatives of those active in Derry during the Rising will be in attendance. Marching bands and Irish Citizens’ Army re-enactment will be present.”

The event has been organised by a combination of different groups, independent representatives and trade unions, and will take place on the 100th anniversary of the week Roger Casement was hanged for his part in the Rising.

The monument is due to be unveiled after the march, and organisers said they wanted to have a permanent 1916 commemoration to mark this historic year.

Following the unveiling, a rally against the continued detention of local man,Tony Taylor, will take place at 3pm at Guildhall Square.