West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Easter Lily launched in Omagh Council

Published: 15 April, 2014

Preparations for Easter commemorations continued apace on Tuesday 15th April as Omagh Council Chairperson, Marty McColgan hosted a local launch of the Easter lily in the Chairperson's chamber of the Council Offices.

Joined by republicans from across the district, the Chairperson hosted a ceremony to launch the symbol.

Also attending the launch was the new Omagh Sinn Féin candidate Catherine Kelly. Encouraging people to wear the Easter lily, she said:

"The first Easter Lily badge was designed in 1925 by the Republican women's organisation, Cumann na mBan, who were founded 100 years ago this month. Today, Easter Lilys are still worn by Republicans throughout Ireland to remember our patriot dead.

"This includes the patriot dead of Easter week 1916 and the 56 IRA Volunteers and 3 Sinn Féin activists from Tyrone who lost their lives in the recent phase of the conflict.

"Easter is a time for Republicans to reflect and rededicate ourselves to the cause of Irish freedom. This weekend, the events of Easter 1916 will be remembered throughout Tyrone and further afield and I am calling on everyone to attend their local and county commemoration and to wear the Easter lily with pride".