LIMERICK’s youngest councillor, Lisa-Marie Sheehy, says she is “honoured” at being asked to address the Sean South commemoration this weekend.
Sinn Fein councillor Sheehy, 21, is to be the main speaker at the 2015 Sean Sabhat commemoration which takes place in the city this Sunday from 2.45pm.
From there, the march will go to the Republican plot at Mount St Lawrence, where the Limerickman is laid to rest.
The University College Cork student is busy preparing her speech ahead of the event, and said she did not expect to be asked by local party leader, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan.
“As such a young person, I was honoured to be asked to speak at such an amazing commemoration. Maurice actually gave me the call, and it was unexpected. I want to do it right, and do it justice,” she told the Leader.
Cllr Quinlivan, who chairs the commemoration, said: “It was decided at the organising meeting that she would speak, as she is representing the way the party is going, in particular attracting young women and young people in general. We thought it would be a good opportunity to speak on that issue, and speak on why she went into politics. It will hopefully encourage other people to get involved in politics. If you look at the recent opinion polls, our core vote is coming from the under 35s.”
On this note, Cllr Sheehy said she will use her speech to look to the future.
“It is a new year. We need to move forward, and work together in creating an equal Ireland, and one which we can actually be proud of. The austerity is completely weighing down on the pride of the country,” she said.
In previous years, Republican Sinn Fein would hold their annual commemoration ahead of Sinn Fein’s parade.
However, it is unclear whether this movement will march this year.
The Sinn Fein-led parade will be headed by the Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band.
All are welcome to attend the event.