“It is Casement, and you keep your mouth shut”

“We then went to Paddy Hogan’s for a drink and a few sandwiches. I met Danny Healy who was Captain “C” Company, Tralee Battalion, and next in charge to Paddy Cahill. I reported to him what we had seen and heard. He said it was bad news, that the most important man connected with the Volunteer movement was captured. I said, “Is it Monteith?” and he replied, “Worse still, it is Casement” and you keep your mouth shut.”
Bureau of Military History statement of Jack McGaley, Tralee Battalion, Irish Volunteers
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“Patrol from Ardfert captured boat, one thousand rounds of ammunition”

Royal Irish Constabulary Office Dublin Castle

Decipher of wire received from County Inspector Tralee at 6.30 PM 21st April 16

This morning patrol from Ardfert captured boat, one thousand rounds of ammunition, three mauser pistols, maps, papers all German. Arrested one prisoner, two escaped believed to have come off Dutch vessel

W H O O’Connell

DIT

21st April 16

“A man approached me from the shrubbery. He was a tall gentleman.”

MI+Roger+Casement+RTE+archivesAs I entered the Fort, a man approached me from the shrubbery. He was a tall gentleman. He looked foreign to me and not generally the type one meets in the street. There was nothing unusual about his clothes. He wore a beard and had more or less an aristocratic appearance. I don’t remember that his clothes were wet at that stage. He came towards me. I think I said “Good morning” or “Good day”. I asked “What are you doing here?” He replied “Have I not a right to be here”. I continued “You are a stranger here and at the moment we have instructions to look up all strangers coming into the locality”. He
appeared to be a little excited. He said; “I am an Englishman”. “Where did you come from?” I asked.
Bureau of Military History testimony of Bernard Reilly, Constable, Royal Irish Constabulary

Stack paused for a moment and then said, “Oh, God, lads, the game is up”

Austinstack.jpgStack then said to me, “Roger Casement is after landing; we don’t know where he is but he is probably somewhere around Banna Strand”. Stack told me we would have to avoid going through Ardfert at all costs, so I branched off at Tubrid, came down the North Commons Road and broke out at Banna Cross. Stack was delighted that we had passed the village without encountering the police. We went on towards Banna Strand. On the way from Banna Cross to the Strand a horse and cart in charge of two policemen came against us. On the cart was a boat. Stack turned to Bailey and asked, “Is that your boat?” Bailey said, “Yes, that is the boat we used after leaving the submarine”.  Stack paused for a moment and then said, “Oh, God, lads, the game is up”. When we got to Banna Strand there were about twenty policemen there posted at different points.