Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Councillors have voted to erect a statue in honour of Roger Casement, republican and human rights activist. The statue will be commissioned and completed next year and will remain as a lasting legacy to this great man.
The proposed location of the statue will be at the redeveloped former Dún Laoghaire Baths site just 1 km from Casement’s childhood home. Casement was born in Sandycove in 1864 and lived there for part of his childhood. The original house has since been demolished, but a plaque was erected at the location decades ago.
Casement is known for his humanitarian work and his role in the Rising. In 1916 he travelled to Germany to secure more guns and munitions for the Rising but on his way back to Ireland in ended up stranded in Banna Strand Co. Kerry and was captured. He was taken to Old Bailey and tried for treason. On the 3rd of August 1916 he was executed.
This statue will be the first erected by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and will be a great addition to the rejuvenation of the old bath site.