One of the organisers of a Kerry event commemorating Roger Casement has called on the British Government to apologise for the smear campaign against him.
Casement was one of the leading figures of the Easter Rising and is now widely regarded for his humanitarian work.
Today marks the centenary of the hanging of Roger Casement in London following his failed attempt to land arms on Banna Beach as part of the 1916 Rising.
He was the last of the leaders to be put to death and the only one to be executed outside of Ireland.
A state ceremony took place at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin and an event is being held at the Baldonnel air force base through where Casement’s body was returned to Ireland in 1965.
The Kerry County Museum, which has a Roger Casement exhibition, is free of charge today to mark the centenary.
There is a full programme of events in Ballyheigue this evening including drama, a lecture and the unveiling of a plaque at the Casement statue in the town.
An illustrated lecture will be given by academic Patrick Fitzgerald in Dingle’s Benner Hotel tomorrow night at 8pm.
Tionól Mhic Easmainn will lay a wreath at Casement Fort near Ardfert.
Michael Reidy, who is a member of the group, is calling for allegations made against Casement by the British Government in the Black Diaries to be withdrawn.
The Casement ‘Black Diaries’ have been shrouded in controversy since their contents, detailing promiscuous homosexual behaviour, were leaked by the British before his execution. A 2002 study by Dr Audrey Giles, a figure in the field of document forensics, held that the diaries were genuine. The study was commissioned by Professor Bill McCormack of Goldsmiths College, London, and jointly funded by the BBC and RTE