Wicklow Sinn Féin announce details of their Easter 1916 Commemorations.
Sinn Féin County Councillor John Brady has announced the County Wicklow Easter commemoration will assemble at bray town hall on Easter Monday 6th April at 12pm. It will be lead by the rising phoenix republican flute band to bray Daly station and then to St. Peters cemetery in little bray. There will also be a number of wreath laying ceremonies across the county.
Giving details of the commemorations Sinn Féin Councillor and general election candidate John Brady said "This year marks the 99th anniversary of the 1916 rising. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising it is important more so than ever to honour the sacrifices Irish men and women made for the limited freedoms we enjoy today. However it is not just enough to remember them, it’s important that we rededicate ourselves to the Republic which was declared on the steps of the GPO on Easter Monday morning 1916.”
Cllr Brady continued “The commemoration will be lead by the Rising Phoenix Republican Flute Band and will proceed to Bray Daly station and a wreath will be laid in memory of Edward Daly after whom the train station was renamed in 1966 for the 50th anniversary of the Rising. Daly's battalion, stationed in the Four Courts and areas to the west and north of the centre of Dublin, saw the most intense fighting of the rising. He surrendered his battalion on 29 April. He was executed by firing squad on 4 May 1916, at the age of 25. We will then march to St. Peters Cemetery in Little Bray and wreaths will be laid on the graves of volunteers who fought in 1916 and the struggle for Irish Independence.”
“The main oration will be given by Fermanagh Republican Sean Lynch MLA. In April 1986 Lynch was seriously wounded and fellow Republican Séamus McElwaine was shot dead when the SAS opened fire on them. He was subsequently elected as an MLA in 2011.”
Cllr Brady concluded "Easter is an important time for Irish Republicans and we would ask that as many people as possible join the Wicklow Sinn Féin County Easter Commemoration. There will be wreath laying ceremonies over the course of the weekend in Kilcoole, Baltinglass, Carnew, Arklow, Tinahely, Knockananna and Wicklow Town. We would also ask that people would wear an Easter lily as a token of remembrance to all those who died for Irish freedom.”