Tralee Library To Host Lecture On Ardfert Witnesses At Roger Casement’s Trial

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Helen O'Carroll

Helen O’Carroll will talk about the five witnesses that gave evidence at Roger Casement’s trial.

TRALEE Library is getting set to host a lecture next week based on the stories of the five civilians that witnessed the arrival of Roger Casement to Kerry in 1916 and the subsequent story of their evidence at his trial.

The story of Casement’s arrival in Kerry is well known around Ireland, how he came ashore on Banna Strand on a German ship that was carrying up to 20,000 rifles that were to be distributed amongst the Irish rebels.

He was then captured at McKenna’s fort and subsequently tried and hung for treason on London.

John McCarthy, Mary Gorman, Martin Collins, Michael Hussey and Maurice Moriarty were the five witnesses to Casement’s time in Kerry and who were then called to give evidence as witnesses at his trial in London.

Curator of the Kerry County Museum, Helen O’Carroll will give the lecture at 7.30pm on Tuesday next, October 20, where she will be discussing how the lives of the five witnesses were changed irrevocably by their chance sighting of Casement during his 31 hours in Kerry.

For those with a keen interest in all things history, It is certainly not an event to be missed.

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