Roger Casement Captured On Banna Strand
April 21st 1916, Roger Casement captured on Banna Strand.
While in Germany Casement had secured 20,000 rifles, 10 machine guns and accompanying ammunition from the Germans for the 1916 rising.
Casement travelled to Ireland in a German cargo ship disguised as a Norwegian vessel called the Aud and landed in the South West of Ireland in County Kerry.
But the British had intercepted German communications and were aware of the plan, they intercepted the ship on Good Friday, April 21st 1916. As the Aud was being escorted into Queenstown (Cobh), in County Cork her crew scuttled it with pre-set explosive charges.
Meanwhile, Roger Casement had followed the ship in a German submarine and planned to meet it in Kerry. On the 21st April, he was put ashore at Banna Strand in Tralee Bay and was quickly captured and arrested by the RIC. He was taken to England where he was imprisoned in the Tower of London and Brixton as he awaited trial.