« BackPresident Higgins delivers keynote speech at Banna Strand State Ceremony

The State ceremony in Banna Strand has concluded in the last few minutes, commemorating the events of the 1916 Rising.

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It was 100 years ago today that Sir Roger Casement, Robert Monteith, and Daniel Bailey landed in Banna in an attempt to arm the volunteers of the Rising.

At today’s event, which began 12 noon, the national flag was raised, the Proclamation read, and the Air Corps performed a fly over.

President Michael D Higgins laid a wreath at the anchor of the Aud, and gave the keynote address where he paid tribute to Roger Casement.

President Higgins is this afternoon unveiling a bust of Roger Casement in Ardfert Village, before visiting the Casement exhibition at the County Museum.

Earlier today, the President visited Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn in Tralee, the only school in Ireland to be named after Roger Casement.

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The events on Banna Strand were also commemorated 50 years ago in 1966; the last surviving member of that commemorations committee, Seán Seosamh Ó Conchubhair, says he’s delighted to be able to attend today’s event in Banna.

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Grand niece of Robert Monteith, Evelyn Hughes has been attending today’s event in Banna; she says it’s fiercely important to treasure family memorabilia.

1916 wreath and podium

A small number of invited guests gathered this morning at 8am at Ballykissane Pier near Killorglin 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.
Kay Keating, a grand-niece of Con Keating, spoke at the ceremony about the tragedy: