Ó hEára to address Easter Sunday rally

Easter commemorations will be held across Derry this weekend.
Easter commemorations will be held across Derry this weekend.

Republicans from across Derry are expected gather at commemorations throughout the city this coming weekend to mark the 99th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney MLA urged local people to come out to remember all those who have given their lives in pursuit of Irish Freedom.

A previous Easter commemoration in Derry.

A previous Easter commemoration in Derry.

His party colleague Gerry Ó hEára will be the main speaker at an annual rally on Sunday.

Encouraging Republicans to take part in the local commemorations, Mr McCartney MLA said:

“Easter is a very important date in the annual Republican calendar, a time when we not only gather in Derry, but across Ireland and throughout the world to remember those who have died in pursuit of Irish freedom and liberty and to stand in continued solidarity with their families, but also a time when we recommit ourselves to the pursuance of our Republican objectives.

“In the coming months we will also see the build up to the centenary of the Rising in 1916 with many events planned in the city and across the country.

“I would encourage people not only to take part in their local events but also to come along with their families to be part of the main commemoration in Derry this Sunday at 2pm, assemble Westland Street.

“We are very pleased to announce this year that the main speaker will be Gearóid Ó hEára.”

Local area commemorations will take place on Sunday at 1pm at Shantallow Monument (Racecourse Road) and at Waterside (Rose Court) at the same time.

Commemorations will also be held shortly afterwards at 1.30pm at Creggan (Central Drive), and the Bogside (Lecky Road).