State ceremony to mark 100 years since Casement landing in Kerry

1916 KCC logoThe 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. Around now a ceremony is being held at Ballykissane Pier to mark the drowning tragedy which happened there; descendents of those who perished are taking part – the event will include members of the Defence Forces raising the flag. 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 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. 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