Published on Wednesday3rdAugust2016
Centenary of the Execution of Roger Casement Commemorated
Pictured from left are John Green, Chairman of Glasnevin Trust, Vice Admiral of the Defence Forces, Mark Mellett, Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Flanagan, and BrigGen Howard Berney GOC of 2 Brigade
As part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme an official ceremony to commemorate the execution of Roger Casement took place this morning at Glasnevin cemetery.
The ceremony comprised a number of elements including the reading of the trial documents relating to the plea from the accused, the charge against Casement and the verdict of the court.
Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Flanagan said:
Roger Casement’s 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 Ireland’s long standing involvement with UN peacekeeping missions and our strong commitment to overseas development. 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.