Thousands turned out to remember Roger Casement on Banna Strand this afternoon for a State ceremony to mark the 100 year anniversary of his capture near the North Kerry beach.
In the early hours of Good Friday morning on April 21st, 1916 Casement, with travelling companions Robert Monteith and Daniel Bailey, arrived at the strand on a U-boat hoping to meet with the German ship the Aud which had carried 20,000 rifles into Tralee Bay for the Rising.
But the ship was intercepted, the plot foiled and Casement, who was in ill-health, was caught and later executed in the Tower of London.
President Higgins told the crowds that “Roger Casement was not just a great Irish patriot but also a great founding humanitarian of the 20th century.”
He talked of Casement’s astonishing conversion over just five years where he went from receiving a knighthood from the King to being executed for high treason.