The significance of the Easter Lily has been given a renewed focus this year following the Drumboe commemorations.
Elected representatives of Sinn Féin in Donegal gathered recently to promote the wearing of the Republican badge to remember the patriot dead.
A white lily is worn during Easter as a symbol of remembrance for those who died during or were executed after the 1916 Easter Rising.
“This year, in particular, as we remember the 100th anniversary of the execution of the Drumboe Martyrs here in Donegal, there has been a renewed focus on the sacrifices of generations of republicans in their fight to achieve a United Ireland, a true republic for all,” said Chairperson of the Tírchonaill Commemoration Committee, Maria Doherty.
Ms Doherty said: “The Easter Lily was originally introduced by Cumann na mBan in the early 1920s to support the families of men who had died in the 1916 Rising.
“Since then, it has been worn as a mark of respect and remembrance for those who gave their lives in the struggle for Irish freedom.
“It is also a symbol of unity between the different traditions on our island and an emblem of hope, unity and peace for the future.”
She added: “I am calling on people, young and old, to wear their Easter Lily with pride and honour those brave men and women who fought and died for our freedom and that of future generations.”