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Roger Casement's correspondence and papers,


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In Collection: Roger Casement's correspondence and papers, 1898-1924
Description: Roger Casement’s correspondence and papers, 1898-1924; Correspondence for Roger Casement, correspondents mainly include Dick Morten, Gertrude Parry, his sister Nina and others, 1898-1916, Letters to Alice Stopford Green regarding Casement’s trial, 1916, Notebook containing poems, notes and drafts of letters by Roger Casement, 1881, Various items including Casement’s bank book for Northern Banking Co., 1905.

Roger Casement (1864-1916) was born at Doyle’s Cottage, Lawson Terrace, Sandycove, Co. Dublin. Casement had been a member of the Gaelic League for some years and participated in its cultural activities. He became increasingly radicalised by the opposition of the Ulster unionists to Home Rule from 1912 onwards. On the foundation of the Irish Volunteers in November 1913, he became a member of the provisional committee. When the war broke out in August 1914, he was in the United States raising funds for the Irish Volunteers. In the new political scenario, he identified Germany as a potential Irish ally and he determined to seek German assistance. On learning that an insurrection was planned for Easter, Casement determined to stop it, as he believed it was doomed to failure without substantial arms and German support. The Germans promised only a relatively small quantity of arms, and few of the prisoners of war were willing to join the Irish brigade. Casement was arrested at Banna Strand in Co. Kerry on Good Friday 1916, having been put ashore by a German submarine. Meanwhile, the ship transporting the German rifles, the Aud, was intercepted by the British navy off the south coast and scuttled by her captain. Casement was taken to the Tower of London and tried for high treason at the Old Bailey. George Gavan Duffy acted as his solicitor. He was found guilty of treason and hanged at Pentonville Prison on 3 August 1916.
Main Creator: Casement, Roger, 1864-1916
Language: English
Extent: 20 folders.
Call Number: MS 17,401-17,420 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.