'One of the more intriguing personalities' - executed 1916 Rising leader Roger Casement honoured at Glasnevin Cemetery
Published 03/08/2016 | 13:16
A commemorative ceremony was held in Glasnevin Cemetery this morning for the last executed leader of the 1916 Rising.
Roger Casement (51) was killed 100 years ago today after being found guilty of treason in a British court. He was hanged at Pentonville Prison in London, with his remains only being repatriated back to Ireland in 1965.
The event was attended by Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan and Niall Casement, a relative of the Easter Rising leader. The ceremony included a wreath-laying service with a Military colour party followed by a minute silence to commemorate Casement.
A reading of the trial documents relation to the plea from the accused were also read out with a priest from the Irish Prison Chaplaincy Service in the UK also in attendance to recite a prayer.
Minister Flanagan described Casement as “one of the more intriguing personalities” involved in the 1916 Rising.
“His work to expose cruelty and abuse in Africa secured his legacy as one of the great Irish humanitarians of the early 20th Century, and his commitment is reflected in Irelands strong standing involvement with UN peacekeeping missions and out strong commitment to overseas development,” Mr Flanagan said.
“I am pleased to represent the Government here today as, together with members of his family, we remember Casement’s life and idealism and reflect on his legacy,” he added.