“Self government is our right, a thing born to us at birth, a thing no more to be doled out to us by another people than the right to life itself, than the right to feel the sun or smell the flowers or to love our kind.”
Roger Casement was born at 29 Sandycove Road in County Dublin on September 1st, 1864. As a child he lived in England for some years, but later attended school at Ballymena in Co. Antrim. Casement worked for the British Foreign Office as a diplomat and matured into a humanitarian activist, poet and Easter Rising leader. Described as the “father of twentieth-century human rights investigations”, he was honoured by the British state in 1905 for the Casement Report on the Congo, and knighted in 1911 for his revelations of human rights abuses in Peru.
Casement grew to distrust imperialism. After retiring from consular service in 1913, he became more involved with Irish republicanism and other separatist movements. During World War 1 he made efforts to gain German military aid for the 1916 Easter Rising that sought to gain Irish independence. He was arrested on Banna Strand, Kerry, while trying to land a shipment of arms in April 1916. He was stripped of his knighthood, convicted, and executed for high treason at Pentonville Prison on August 3rd, 1916.
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Roger Casement’s Ill Fated Crusade to Germany RTÉ History Show Myles Dungan leads a conversation with Dr Conor Mulvagh, UCD, and barrister and historian, John McGuiggan on Roger Casement’s trip to Germany in an attempt to enlist Irish POWs to fight against British rule. For all the stories from 100 years ago, visit […]
An exhibition about Roger Casement has been in place at the National Museum of Ireland for the past 18 months. In 2019, Lexicon/Dun Laoghaire Library held a highly successful exhibition on its upper level.
By Fearghus O’Conchuir A video of some of the highlights of The Casement Project, a multi-platform choreography of bodies and ideas that danced with the queer legacy of British knight, Irish rebel and international humanitarian, Roger Casement. thecasementproject.ie
Above; Sir John Lavery’s painting of the trial in 1916, and below two videos relating to the trials of Roger Casement.