Hundreds of Irish Republicans from across County Derry assembled at the weekend at republican plots in local churchyards in remembrance of Ireland’s Patriot Dead and in celebration of the men and women who took part in the 1916 Easter Rising.
Local republicans, young and old, rededicated themselves to the achievement of the political objectives of Irish Unity, Independence and Equality as enshrined in the Proclamation of the Irish Republic which was proclaimed on the steps of Dublin GPO on Easter Monday, 1916.
The main County Derry commemoration was held at The Loup on Easter Sunday where one of the biggest gatherings of local republicans over recent years assembled before parading in Spring sunshine to the grave of Brigadier Seán Larkin who was executed by Free State forces at Drumboe, Co. Donegal during the Irish Civil-War.
Those participating were addressed by Sinn Féin MLA and H-Block hunger-striker, Pat Sheehan
Mr Sheehan was given a warm County Derry welcome by Councillor Catherine Elattar who chaired proceedings.