Hero Worship: Roger Casement Part 2
Everyone wanted a piece of Roger Casement but which piece? Carefully extracting his skeleton from heavy London mud in 1965 didn’t end the controversy over his life and lusts.
· The treatment of Casement’s dead body was exceptionally cruel, even by the standards of executed prisoners.
· Why are all our significant national events in March? Is there some penitential impulse forcing us to suffer for our patriotism?
· After the burial of the great man in 1965, there little hope of anyone in Ireland reading his raunchy diaries, whether published or not.
· The Roger Casement in the diaries is having great fun and that, more than anything, upsets people.
Lucy McDiarmid ‘The Afterlife of Roger Casement’ in The Irish Art of Controversy (2005)
Jeffrey Dudgeon, Roger Casement: The Black Diaries (3rd edition, 2019)
‘Notes on the Exhumation of Roger Casement’s Remains’ in Documents on Irish Foreign Policy 1961-65 vol 12
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