A programme of events organised for Derry to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising has been unveiled

Organised by Sinn Fein the programme aimed at commemorating ‘those who fought and died for Irish freedom’ have been put together an ‘ambitious, informative and entertaining calendar of events.’

The programme was launched in honour of Derry Volunteer Dan McGandy on the 87th anniversary of his death in action on 20th January 1919.

Prior to the event actors in period military dress paraded outside the Guildhall.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, Mayor Elisha McCallion highlighted some of the key events that will be running throughout the year.

She said: “Although a programme has been set up there is still room for other events to be added, Council have put a call out to community groups and other organisations who would like to organise an event to celebrate the centenary, and we will be happy to promote it.”

Sinn Fein councillor Michael Cooper also spoke of the significance of launching the programme at the Guildhall and having ‘The Foggy Dew’ sung in a building where ‘gerrymandering took place in the past’.
He said: “The fact we can now sit here and have this event launched in this building, with performances like that says it all about how far we have come.”

Outlining some of the key events Councillor Cooper reiterated Mayor McCallion’s sentiment that it was very much a first draft and any proposals ‘funded or unfunded, preferably funded’ were welcome.

Events include a book launch on March 1, International Women’s Day on March 8, an exhibition at the Tower Museum, Easter commemorations will take place at various republican monuments on March 27 and there will be lectures, music, a film festival and a host of other events held throughout the year.

Photo shows Joe Dunn reading the 1916 Proclamation at the launch of Doire Cholmcille Commemorative Events marking the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising on the Guildhall steps. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)

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