Mairead deBláca officially launched her 1916 Easter Lily collection in Dublin, to commemorate the 1916 rising and to give "a nod to the women of the era".
A history graduate of UCC, Mairead explained that the Easter Lily was introduced in 1926 by Cumann na mBan and that proceeds from the sale of the badge went to support the dependents of the volunteers.
Significant to the launch, deBláca read the last letter from The O'Rahilly to his wife, which he wrote before he died near Moore Street. Nirina Plunkett, the great grand niece of Joseph Mary Plunkett, an opportune guest at the launch, also read his final letter to wife Grace which he wrote before his death in 1916.
Bev Flood, Manager of The Design House who opened the launch, said ‘It is an honour for The Design House to stock deBlaca jewellery, imagined, designed and made in Ireland.’ She continued ‘Mairead has created a delicate and beautiful Easter lily that captures the essence of 1916.’
Borne out of Mairead deBláca’s passion for Irish history, the new deBláca 1916 Easter lily features her artistic inspiration of the traditional Easter Lily. The collection includes, pendant, tiny stud and drop earrings, and a pin made to be worn on your lapel. The 1916 Easter Lily pin and pendant were recently gifted to the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins. The Lily is made in Ireland and is sterling silver, hallmarked in the assay office in historic Dublin Castle. The deBláca lily is available in gold, silver pendant, earrings, and large and small tie pins.
About the Easter Lily
The Easter Lily in the shape of a calla lily flower, is a symbol of remembrance of those who died during or were executed after the 1916 Rising. It was first designed by Cumann na mBan (The Republican women’s organisation) in 1925 to raise money for the dependents of Republican prisoners and to commemorate the men and women who fought in The Easter Rising 1916. 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.
About deBlaca jewellery
Mairead deBláca, is an Irish award winning jewellery designer born in Cork and living in Dublin, Ireland. Her jewellery is inspired by nature around her and her own art. She wants to create jewellery that is simple and beautiful. Mairéad sees each piece of her jewellery as a piece of her art. While her work is reflective of nature; beautiful and delicate, it is non-symmetrical with unique contours and irregularities just like nature. She has recently displayed in Creative Island as part of this year’s Showcase.
All of Mairéad’s jewellery is designed and made in Ireland and is available at