1916 Remembered in Arklow, Newry and Sligo
éirígí activists in counties Down, Sligo and Wicklow marked the 94th anniversary of the 1916 Rising with a series wreath laying ceremonies. In Newry wreaths were laid at four separate monuments as well as the republican plot in St Mary’s graveyard on Saturday (April 3).
As part of éirígí’s ongoing Reclaim the Republic campaign copies of the 1916 Proclamation were distributed for free to households in the town over the weekend and a number of national flags and éirígí flags were also erected as part of the 1916 celebrations.
Meanwhile in Arklow on Saturday éirígí activists were also distributing free copies of the 1916 Proclamation to pedestrians on the town’s main street. A large banner encouraged people to not only ‘Remember Ireland’s Dead’ but also to continue to ‘Resist British Rule’.
On Easter Monday éirígí activists crossed the border into Wexford to lay a wreath at the grave of legendary socialist republican Liam Mellows in Castletown.
In the north-west éirígí activists took part in a ceremony at the republican plot in Sligo cemetery on Easter Monday (April 5). Once again the words of the 1916 Proclamation were recited, as well as the 1919 Democratic Programme and Declaration of Independence. A wreath was also laid at the monument in memory of those locals who have given their lives in the struggle for Irish freedom