Wednesday 24 May 2017

'One of the more intriguing personalities' - executed 1916 Rising leader Roger Casement honoured at Glasnevin Cemetery

Niall Casement, a relative of Roger Casement and Charlie Flanagan TD Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade pictured placing a wreath this morning at Glasnevin Cemetery at a commemoration ceremony and unveiling of a plaque on the one hundreth anniversary of the execution of Roger Casement at Pentonville Prison
Niall Casement, a relative of Roger Casement and Charlie Flanagan TD Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade pictured placing a wreath this morning at Glasnevin Cemetery at a commemoration ceremony and unveiling of a plaque on the one hundreth anniversary of the execution of Roger Casement at Pentonville Prison
Guests watch proceedings pictured this morning at Glasnevin Cemetery at a commemoration ceremony and unveiling of a plaque on the one hundreth anniversary of the execution of Roger Casement ar Pentonville Prison
Niall Casement, a relative of Roger Casement and Charlie Flanagan TD Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade pictured placing a wreath this morning at Glasnevin Cemetery at a commemoration ceremony and unveiling of a plaque on the one hundreth anniversary of the execution of Roger Casement at Pentonville Prison
Niall Casement , a relative of Roger Casement and Charlie Flanagan TD Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade pictured placing a wreath this morning at Glasnevin Cemetery at a commemoration ceremony and unveiling of a plaque on the one hundreth anniversary of the execution of Roger Casement at Pentonville Prison

Robin Schiller

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.

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