MORE than 70 people gathered in Tralee and Banna Beach at the weekend to attend the annual Roger Casement Gathering which took place in the county capital this weekend.
The event, which was opened by Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Mayor of Tralee Johnnie Wall on Saturday afternoon, was based at the Brandon Hotel and saw a number of speakers debate aspects of Casement's capture ahead of the 1916 rising.
The discussion on "' Why was Roger Casement abandoned in Tralee?' involved contributions from several guest speakers including Tralee-based historian and Kerryman contributor T Ryle Dwyer, George Clayton and Eddie Barrett, the grandnephew of Austin Stack, who debated the causes of Casement's flight and capture.
One of the most controversial aspects of Casement's capture is why Austin Stack chose not to rescue Casement from the RIC barracks in Tralee after his arrest (see Ryle Dwyer's article on this page). The pros and cons of Stack's actions and those of the other republicans at the time were discussed at length by the speakers.
The weekend's events also included a guided walk through Tralee town on Saturday evening before a night of traditional music and entertainment at the Brandon Hotel.
On Sunday the symposium was brought to a fitting close when the delegates were led on a guided walk from Banna Strand to McKenna's fort, retracing Casement's last steps as a free man.