Easter Lilies were first designed by Cumann na mBan (The Republican women’s organisation) in 1925 to raise money for the dependants of Republican prisoners and to commemorate the men and women who fought in The Easter Rising 1916.
The Easter Lily is a symbol of unity, equality and freedom for Irish people all over the world. The Lily is a beautiful flower first seen in the springtime and hence its connection with Easter 1916 when the first buds of the modern Irish freedom struggle blossomed. Its colours –Green, White and Orange echo the national flag, the tri-colour, which symbolises the hope for Peace, Harmony and Unity between all sections of the community on the island of Ireland – Green at peace with the Orange in one nation, united and free.
Photo from Just An Irish Lass.