Banna Strand 1916

100 years ago on this day, Holy Thursday 1916, The “Aud”, carrying a cargo of arms, arrived in Tralee Bay expecting contact with the Irish Volunteers. The Aud stayed in the area for almost 24 hours. She was eventually spotted by British patrol ship “Setter” and, under escort to Cork Harbour, she was scuttled by Karl Spindler, her captain.

Meanwhile Roger Casement, having arrived by German U-Boat, came ashore at Banna Strand accompanied by Captain Robert Monteith who was previously involved with the recruitment of Irishmen in German P.O.W. camps. Casement took refuge in a ring fort in a field near Ardfert, while Monteith made his way to Tralee.

Here is a very rare piece of history from Source, our digital archive, kindly digitally donated by the Allen Library; the map used by Casement on his ill-fated journey. The cover of the map shows seawater damage, and it is inscribed by Robert Monteith himself:

“This map was the property of Sir Roger Casement and was used by us in planning our route to Tralee after we failed to meet the pilot boat in Tralee Bay. It was stained by sea water when our boat overturned and was later found by the police. It was given [to] me in 1949 by Justice Gavan Duffy”

Kommandant Irische Brigade


Map cover


Map showing the Kerry coast


Monteith’s inscription



NCOs of the Irish Brigade in Zossen P.O.W. camp showing the distinctive German uniforms which incorporated harp and shamrock elements in their design.

(Irish Brigade Photo courtesy of Mercier Press)

Knocklyon History Society 1916 Lecture

Knocklyon History Society’s April 2016 event is their 1916 Commemorative Lecture titled

Thomas Clarke: Leader of the Rising


Postcard of Norman Dewar’s portrait of Thomas J. Clarke, courtesy of the National Library of Ireland. 

which will be given by Helen Litton, author and grandniece of Tom Clarke

Wednesday 13th April at 7:45 p.m. at the Iona Centre, beside St. Colmcille’s Church, Knocklyon.

All welcome. Admission is €3 for members and €4 for friends.

1916 Commemorations in Rathcoole & Saggart

The Four Districts Remembers 1916


Programme of Events:

February 27th 4:00 p.m. Dr. Shane Kenna, ‘Poet Patriot, Thomas McDonagh‘. Heritage Centre, Saggart.

March 12th, 2:00 p.m. Mícheál Ó Doibhilín, ‘Josie McGowan: a Brief Flame‘ Rathoole Community Centre.

March 23rd, 7:00 p.m. Dr. Kerron Ó Luain, ‘The Four Districts and the Irish Revolution‘, Rathcoole Community Centre.

March 28th, 12:00 p.m. The Four Districts 1916 Commemoration in the Court of Petty Sessions (Old Library), Rathcoole.


Palmerstown: A Day in the Life, 1916


There’s lots going on for Palmerstown’s 1916 Commemorative events which are taking place in Palmerstown Parish Centre on Sunday 6th March.

  • 1916 Exhibition – an exhibition on 1916 memorabilia (documents, medals and many other artefacts) by Dublin Brigade Irish Volunteer History Group (dressed in 1916 uniforms)
  • Stories of 1916 Relatives – Talk to residents of Palmerstown about the participation of their parents, grandparents and other relatives, in the Rising.
  • Local Schools’ 1916 Projects – St. Lorcán’s. St. Brigid’s & Stewart’s.
  • 1:00 pm – Unveiling of 1916 Commemorative Plaque at the Coach House, followed by Flag Raising Ceremony at the Parish Centre, including reading of Foróga na Poblachta (Proclamation of the Republic).
  • 1916 Kitchen – Sample authentic Dublin Coddle and Gur Cake as you wander through time to view the historic exhibits.

Join in and add to the atmosphere by dressing up in 1916 costumes!

Palmerstown Parish Centre, 1:00-6:00 pm, Sunday 6th March 2016.

1916 Exhibition in the County Library

South Dublin Libraries’ Decade of Centenaries events continue with the launch of our 1916 exhibition.

The exhibition contains artifacts from many private and public collections, and sincere thanks is due to those individuals and institutions who have so generously lent their items for display.

The exhibition is slanted towards local involvement in the Rising and includes a map of the (now) South Dublin area with information as to how the preparations went on in that  area. Although no fighting took place in the villages, they played their part in making the Rising happen with contributions like route marches, planning, recruiting and even supplying the paper on which the Proclamation was printed.

The exhibition runs until the 27th of May.

South Dublin Libraries 1966 Capuchin Annual Reprint


South Dublin Libraries, by kind permission of the Capuchin Franciscan Order and with the generous assistance of Eneclann, are proud to present this reprint of the 1916 commemorative pages of this iconic publication as part of South Dublin County Council’s Decade of Centenaries programme 1913-1923.

The Capuchin Annual was published in Dublin by the Irish Province of the Capuchin Franciscan Order between the years 1930 and 1977. The subject matter of the publication was eclectic. Many of the articles dealt with matters of ecclesiastical and church interest. However, the Annual also contained short stories, poetry, articles about current affairs, photographic content, art (regularly printing works in full colour), and historically-themed subject matter.

The most collectable Capuchin Annual is the 1966 edition which included an extended section marking the fiftieth anniversary of the 1916 Rising containing rarely-seen images and previously unpublished accounts of events in various parts of Dublin, Enniscorthy, Limerick, Kerry, Belfast, Cork and Galway. Most of these accounts were written by eyewitnesses including some which were published anonymously.

Of particular interest is the memoir by Fr. Aloysius Travers OFM Cap. (1870-1957), a Capuchin Friar. This day-by-day memoir provides a narrative account of his movements throughout Dublin from the outbreak of fighting on Easter Monday (24 April) to the execution of James Connolly on 12 May. His account includes poignant descriptions of many of the executed leaders’ last hours.

€5 of the cover price of this book will be donated to the Capuchin Day Centre run by Br. Kevin Crowley OFM Cap. For over forty years Br. Kevin has worked tirelessly serving the homeless and poor of Dublin.

Copies are available now from all branches of South Dublin Libraries and 

Paths to Freedom Conference

As part of South Dublin County Council’s 1916 Rising Centenary events, South Dublin Libraries is delighted to present Paths to Freedom, a day long conference at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday 27th February.

RTÉ broadcaster and historian Dr. Myles Dungan, accompanied by leading academics and entertainers will present a unique package of lectures and presentations to remember the Rising, 100 years on.

Paths to Freedom Poster Tallaght

10:30am Registration

11:00am Introduction

11:15am The Personalities of the 1916 Rising – Turtle Bunbury

12:00 noon Children of the Rising – Joe Duffy

1:00pm Lunch (light lunch provided)

2:00pm Ireland Before the Rising – Caitriona Crowe

2:45pm Sentenced to Death: The Rebel Courts Martial – Dr. Myles Dungan

3:30pm What Did the Women do Anyway? – Elizabeth Gillis


The event is free but booking is essential. Click the link below to book, or call 01 4149285 (office hours)

Eventbrite - Paths to Freedom Conference