Ceremony held at Ballykissane Pier marking first casualties of the Rising

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At 8 o’clock this morning a ceremony was held at Ballykissane Pier near Killorglin to mark the drowning tragedy which claimed the first casualties of the Rising. A small number of invited guests gathered this morning at 8am at Ballykissane Pier for a ceremony commemorating the first casualties of the Rising, the drowning of Con Keating, Donal Sheehan and Charles Monahan at the Pier on Good Friday 1916. The guests comprised of County Councillors from the Municipal District, community representatives, members of local historical societies, and family members of those who lost their lives at Ballykissane Pier. Guest of honour at the event was Cllr Pat McCarthy, Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council, who gave an address to those in attendance. A Defence Forces National Colour Party was present on the pier for the duration of the ceremony which added to the sense of occasion of the morning. The national flag officer was Killorglin native Lieutenant Sean Coffey: [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/55858/medium/”] Music was ably performed by the Killorglin Pipe and Drum Band and local harpist Rheidun Schlesinger. Kay Keating, a grand-niece of Con Keating, spoke eloquently about the tragedy. The Cathaoirleach was then invited to lay a Wreath, which was presented to him by members of the Defence Force. A minutes silence followed in the stillness of a beautiful crisp morning at Ballykissane Pier.  

Liutentant Sean Coffey from Killorglin at the 1916 event at Ballykissane Pier.
Liutentant Sean Coffey from Killorglin at the 1916 event at Ballykissane Pier.
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Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Pat Mccarthy laying a wreath at Ballykissane Pier this morning.
                          The arrival of Sir Roger Casement on Kerry shores 100 years ago today is being marked by a State ceremony later. It will be one of the events attended by President Michael D Higgins as part of the centrepiece of Kerry’s marking of the 1916 centenary. At 12 noon, the only State ceremony to take place outside of Dublin begins at Banna Strand to mark 100 years to the day since Sir Roger Casement and his comrades landed in an attempt to arm the volunteers of the 1916 Rising. The keynote address will be given by President Michael D Higgins who will lay a wreath at the anchor of the Aud. The national flag will be raised, the Proclamation read and the Air Corps will perform a fly over. Members of Siamsa Tire will also perform at the ceremony. After the event President Higgins will unveil a bust of Roger Casement in Ardfert Village before visiting the Casement exhibition at the County Museum.   Radio Kerry will be carrying live coverage of the State ceremony from 12 noon; 96-98fm or http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/player/