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Sir Roger Casement Hat & Sword

Sir Roger Casement Hat and Sword go on Display at the National Museum for the first time since being handed over by the London Metropolitan Police

At the National Museum of Ireland

Collins Barracks, Dublin 7

12 Noon on Wednesday 20th April 2011

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan T.D will make his first official visit to the National Museum of Ireland on Wednesday 20th April. Minister Deenihan will join Pat Wallace – Director of the National Museum of Ireland to view the sword and hat which were recently handed over to the National Museum having been in the possession of the London Metropolitan Police since Casement was captured in April 1916 on Banna Strand, Co Kerry, bringing in weapons for the Easter Rising. It is appropriate that the possessions of a distinguished Irishman who was as an outstanding international campaigner for human rights are now displayed for the first time for the public to see as we celebrate the 95th anniversary of 1916, a seminal event in Irish history.

Meet with: Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht - Jimmy Deenihan T.D

Director of the National Museum of Ireland – Dr Patrick Wallace

Keeper, Art & Industry Division at the National Museum of Ireland – Michael Kenny

Curator, Art & Industry Division at the National Museum of Ireland – Lar Joye

Wednesday 20th April 2011

12Noon

Museum Foyer

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History,

Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7

Entrance: Benburb Street

Car Parking available onsite or take Red LUAS line directly to 'Museum' stop

Photo Opportunities

• A unique opportunity to view for the first time the sword and hat worn by Casement when he was knighted for his services to Amazonian Indians in Peru.

Notes to the Editor:

• The London Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner John Yates presented the items to Patrick Wallace, the director of the National Museum of Ireland, at a reception at the Irish embassy in London in March of this year. The items will be on display in the award winning Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition which traces Ireland's military history from 1550 into the 21st Century.

• MPS Emerald Society also assisted in lending the items to the museum.

• The sword and the hat were worn by Sir Roger when he was knighted by King George V for his services to Amazonian Indians in Peru after he exposed their treatment in rubber plantations.

• Roger Casement was born to a protestant father and Catholic mother in Sandycove near Dublin in 1864, his family later moved and settled in Belfast. He was educated at Ballymena Academy.

• He was hanged for treason in Pentonville Prison in London in the summer of 1916.

• In 1965 his body was returned to Dublin and re-interred in Glasnevin Cemetery

• Queen Elizabeth II is set to become the first monarch since George V to visit Ireland since 1911

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Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

 
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