The boat used by Roger Casement to come ashore at Banna Strand was a ‘tricky loan’ to secure, the curator of the Casement Exhibition at Kerry Museum has revealed.
Helen O’Carroll says the boat formed a crucial part of the evidence against Casement. An original photograph of it has also been secured from the Crown Museum at Scotland Yard for the exhibition that will be officially opened by President Michael D Higgins on Thursday.
Ms O’Carroll says she is confident the boat is the original and it had been sent to London to the king as a trophy of war following the 1916 Rising.
It had been in storage at the Imperial War Museum in London since 1924 and is on loan to Kerry Museum for a year.
She explained its importance to Kerry Today during Casement’s trial for treason.