BY BRIAN MOORE
FOLLOWING his powerful rendition of Roger Casement’s 1916 speech from the dock at his trial in London, Skibbereen actor Declan McCarthy will once again take part in an event to mark the life and times of Sir Roger Casement.
The Casement commemoration, which will take place at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel on Wednesday August 3rd, will celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most unlikely leaders of the 1916 rebellion.
‘It was a real privilege to be involved with the commemoration on Banna Strand last April,’ McCarthy told the Southern Star. ‘To take part, and to speak those powerful words from one of the men that gave his life for the country was a real honour. I am delighted that I have been asked once again to remember Sir Roger Casement, his life and his work and I at looking forward to a memorable day.’
McCarthy also performed a powerful portrayal of O’Donovan Rossa in Skibbereen last year, as part of the annual Arts Festival. His talents were noted by President Michael D Higgins who attended an event in the town, and saw McCarthy’s performance.
Roger Casement, a prominent diplomat, was knighted by the British crown for his services with the Colonial Office in Africa. When he returned to Ireland he joined the Gaelic League and helped to organise the Irish Volunteers.
Casement was captured by the British Navy, while attempting to land a shipment of arms from a German submarine, off the Kerry coast just three days before the Easter Rising.
While the main commemoration gets underway in Dublin, in West Cork, the Clonakilty Easter commemoration committee will also remember Casement at 8pm on August 3rd at a ceremony to take place at Casement St/park. All are welcome.