[Sinn Fein]

19th March 1999

1798 centre to promote Easter lily

Gorey Sinn Fein representative Michael Shiels welcoming the availability of the Easter Lily to the public this year from the Enniscorthy based 1798 centre.

The Easter Lily, the tri-coloured emblem which dates from 1917 and which represents the Republican ideals of the Easter Rising 1916 will be available to the public this year from the centre.

Mr. Shiels said:

``It is very appropriate that this emblem of hope, revival and resistance is widely available this year as Wexford and in particular Enniscorthy was one of only a few places outside of Dublin which played a major role in the 1916 rising producing such notable figures as Etchingham, Rafter, and O'Hanrahan to name but a few. They carried on the Republican tradition began by their forbears in 1798. 83 years later as we seek to carve out a new beginning their legacy and ideals were never as relevant.''

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