Easter is the most important time in the Irish Republican calendar; it's a time when we remember the sacrifice of the men and women of 1916 and every decade since.
It was Cumann na mBan who presented the Easter lily in 1925 and it was Constance Markievicz that popularised the wearing of the Easter lily in 1926.
The design was inspired by the traditional flower of Easter which adorns so many Churches and homes in remembrance of Christ's death and resurrection.
Often called the “white-robed apostles of hope” lilies were found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s agony. Tradition has it that beautiful white lilies sprung up where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow and deep distress.
The lily is a symbol of hope, unity and love.It's also a symbol of the great resurrection and in our case the resurrection of the Irish nation and its desire to be free.
Since the 1930s, successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments attempted to suppress sales of the Easter lily
After the split the stickies got their nickname because of the new way in which they attached their Easter lily, the Republican Movement stayed with the traditional paper and pin.
Republicans continue to honour the heroic sacrifice made in 1916, when republican revolutionaries, outnumbered and ill-equipped, took on the might of the British Empire and asserted in arms Ireland’s right to freedom.
Irish republicans wear the Easter lily to honour all those who have given their lives in the cause of Irish freedom in 1916 and in every decade since.
Every Irish person, regardless of their party political allegiances, should show their pride in our founding fathers by wearing this little badge.
No matter what their party affiliations may be everyone can, and should wear an Easter lily