New mural at Free Derry Corner

Sinn F�in councillor Elisha McCallion.
Sinn F�in councillor Elisha McCallion.

A new mural will be unveiled at Free Derry Corner tomorrow on International Women’s Day to mark the centenary of the formation of Cumann na mBan.

The unveiling will be one of a number of events held throughout the city to mark International Women’s Day.

Alongside International Women’s Day, the event will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Cumann na mBan, the women’s support group to the Irish Volunteers.

Sinn Féin councillor Elisha McCallion will chair the unveiling at Free Derry Corner tomorrow afternoon at 1pm.

“International Women’s Day was first celebrated back in 1911 when women came together worldwide to campaign for better pay, voting rights and an end to discrimination.

“Today it continues to be celebrated by women everywhere, and has become a global day of recognition of women’s contribution to society celebrating the economic, political, social and cultural achievements of women.

“Everyone agrees that women have come a long way since the first International Women’s Day in 1911, but unfortunately gender inequality is still very much prevalent in Irish society,” she said.

After the launch a programme of events to mark the Cumann na mBan anniversary will be launched in the Ráth Mór Sinn Féin office.

“This year also marks the 100th Anniversary of Cumann naBan so during the year we will be holding a number of events in Derry to mark its important contribution to the history of Ireland and role of women in making that history,” he said.

Prominent nationalists Countess Markievicz, Kathleen Clarke, Mabel Fitzgerald (mother of Garret Fitzgerald) and Alice Milligan were all members of Cumann na mBan.