Roger Casement

(1864 - 1916) Patriot.

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Born Sandycove, Co Dublin, 1st September 1864, and educated at Ballymena Academy. He went to Africa in 1884 and joined the British colonial service there in 1892.

In 1904 he made a notable report on the inhuman treatment of native workers in the Belgian Congo. Casement was knighted in 1911 for his public services and retired from the colonial service in 1912.

Always of strong nationalist sympathies, he joined the Irish Volunteers in 1913.

When the First World War broke out he hoped to obtain German help in winning Irish independence and made his way to Berlin in November 1914. He tried to enlist Irish prisoners of war in a brigade for service in an Irish rising but without success.

At length, in April 1916, the Germans dispatched a ship, the Aud, with a cargo of arms to be landed in Kerry for use in the rising planned for Easter week. Casement followed in a submarine and landed on Banna Strand, Tralee Bay. The Aud was captured by British warships and blown up by its crew.

Casement was arrested and taken to England to stand trial. He was found guilty of high treason and sentenced to be hanged.

Casement was hanged in Pentonville Prison, London, 3rd August 1916.

His remains were returned to Ireland and re-interred in Glasnevin Cemetery on the 1st March 1965 after a state funeral.

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