Saturday 21 April 2018

Roger's role

• In his review of the recent novel based on the life of Roger Casement, 'The Dream of the Celt', by the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, Diarmaid Ferriter began by claiming there was "a great silence in Ireland about the life, death and legacy" of Mr Casement for "decades after his execution". Is there evidence for this?

The first full-length biography of Mr Casement appeared in 1930 and was written by an Irishman, Denis Gwynn. A large advertisement for the book appeared on the top of page seven in the Irish Independent of November 15, 1930, claiming: "Every Irishman should read Denis Gwynn's amazing book". This hardly betokens "a great silence".

Articles on aspects of Mr Casement's life and times appeared in various publications from time to time. He was by no means forgotten.

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