Guest speaker Councillor John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh addressing the large crowd at the Easter Sunday Commemoration at Derrybeg.
The challenge for the current generation of republicans is how they will shape change and build a new and united Ireland, the keynote speaker at the main Easter Commemoration in Donegal told republicans attending the event this afternoon.
Rose Conway Walsh, a Sinn Féin Senator from Mayo, addressed hundreds of republicans at the Drumboe Commemoration in Stranorlar that "a new Ireland is possible".
She spoke about a new Ireland where "no family lives in fear of the knock on door from a landlord, an unexpected car breakdown or illness, where no one has to choose between heating a home or feeding a family."
She added: “We have an opportunity to end the union, to end partition and build a new and united Ireland. A new and united Ireland, must be about more than adding the north to the south. It is not a 32 county free state. It is a new republic. The republic of Tone and Connolly, Markievicz and Farrell, Sands and McGuinness," she said.
Ms Conway Walsh added: "The challenge for us, for this generation of republicans is how we shape that change, how we build a new and united Ireland. An Ireland of prosperity and opportunity. An Ireland of equal rights in which everyone has a place. An Ireland that provides jobs, homes and health care for its citizens. An Ireland that promises the security of a roof over your head and fair pay for a fair day’s work."
Sinn Féin Commemoration at Derrybeg
The annual Easter Commemoration organised by Sinn Féin took place in Derrybeg earlier today. A procession took place from St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg to the Pat O’Donnell [PádraigMhícheáil Airt] monument which stands beside the former Derrybeg Hall.
The procession was led by Buion Ceoil an t-Sagairt Mhic Pháidín, who are celebrating the centenary of their formation this year. The glorious sunshine drew a large attendance to the event.
Wreaths were placed at the monument by Anne Bheag Gallagher, Glassagh, John McCole, Meenacuing and Mairéad McGeady Brown, Lunniaghbeg, Derrybeg.
The Proclamation was read by Simon Mac Giolla Easpaig and the National Flag was raised by Ann Blair. The roll of honour was read by Rosie Bheag Coll and Patricia Doherty sang Amhrán na bhFiain.
The guest speaker at this year’s event was Councillor and a Board member of Údarás na Gaeltachta, John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh. At the end of his talk he paid glowing tribute to his colleague Gráinne Mhic Geadaigh, Dunlewey who passed away at the end of last year. He said she was a stalwart in the party, and she often was guest speaker at the Derrybeg Commemoration. He added that she was a true Gael who always spoke the Irish language and said she is sorely missed by all party members.
* Pat O’Donnell was born in Glenhola, Gaoth Dobhair, and was executed in Newgate Prison in London for the murder of the informer, James Carey on the 17th December, 1883. He was aged only 48 years at the time of his death.
** There were Easter Commemorations held today in Glencolmcille, Donegal Town, Drumkeen, Pettigo, Gaoth Dobhair, Castlefin and at Drumboe.