AS Roger Casement was suffering from a reoccurrence of malaria when he left the submarine on Good Friday 1916, he was in no condition to walk to Tralee.
Especially after he got wet to the skin when their boat overturned near the shore. He hid in McKenna Fort overlooking Curraghane, while his colleagues - Robert Monteith and Daniel Julian Bailey - tried to contact the Irish Volunteers in Tralee.
On meeting Austin Stack, the commander of the local volunteers, Monteith said that Casement wished to have the Rising called off. "The attempt would be pure madness at the moment," he warned.
Before sending such a message to Dublin, Stack insisted on speaking to Casement himself. He hired Mossie Moriarty to drive Bailey, Con Collins and himself out to collect Casement.
They did not go looking for Casement in Ballymacquin Castle, as has been suggested. They were confident he was "probably somewhere around Banna Strand."
Stack wished to avoid Ardfert, so they skirted around the village to reach Banna Cross. As they were going from there to the strand the came against two policemen escorting a small boat on a horse and cart.
"That is the boat we used after leaving the submarine," Bailey said.
"Oh, God, lads the game is up," Stack remarked.
"There were about twenty policemen there posted at different points," Moriarty recalled.
"What are we going to do now?" Stack asked.
Moriarty suggested they pretend they were sightseeing and heading for Ballyheigue. Sergeant Daniel Crowley of Ballyheigue RIC questioned them. He mentioned the landing earlier that morning.
"We got the boat and we got our man too," he added.
If they got their man, it had to be Casement. But he was not actually found for another couple of hours.
Stack and his colleague took off for Ballyheigue with Sergeant Crowley following them on his bicycle.
Casement was found hiding in the fort by Constable Bernard Reilly of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) at 1.20 p.m. He was taken to RIC station at Ardfert, where District Inspector Frederick Britten questioned him. Two policemen then transferred Casement to Tralee on a sidecar.
John A. Kearney, the Head Constable in Tralee managed to get word to the Volunteers of Casement's presence. But Stack was unwilling to try to rescue him, because he was under instructions from Dublin not to have any trouble in the area before Easter Sunday. Next morning three RIC men escorted Casement on foot through the streets of Tralee to the railroad station that now bears his name. At Kearney's insistence Casement was not handcuffed. He was taken to Dublin on a public train, guarded only by single policeman.
Rescuing Casement would have no impact on either the arms landing, or the planned rebellion, because both were aborted, though the rebellion was rearranged for the following day. Stack was in an unenviable position. He decided to follow his orders from Patrick Pearse and not to take any initiative.
That was understandable but his subsequent denunciation of Kearney - as "the man who was chiefly instrumental in working up a case against Roger Casement"was a reprehensible absurdity. Casement was charged with treason, and Kearney contributed nothing to that case.
Kearney was later one of a number of policemen who provided the IRA with intelligence information during the War of Independence, and Michael Collins wished to appoint him to a senior position in the new Garda Síochána.
Following Stack's allegations, however, a mutiny developed within the Garda. So much animosity was directed at Kearney - the father of ten children under 16 - that he felt compelled to resign and emigrate.
Stack's attack was an unjust and despicable effort to shift the focus from his own failure to do anything for Casement.
Ryle Dwyer's latest book, 'Michael Collins and the Civil War', is published in paperback by Mercier Press.