Roger Casement (1864-1916): The Glocal Imperative

October 24 - 26, 2013


Draft schedule subject to change


Thursday/An Déardaoin 24th October/Deireadh Fómhair

Daily Photo Exhibit Kerry County Library, Tralee (21 October - 9 November) organized in collaboration with Kerry County Library, the University of São Paulo, Brazil and the University of Notre Dame


Roger Casement: Rubber, Amazonia and the Atlantic World, 1884 –1916


Casement in Kerry/Ag Móradh Mhic Easmainn i gCiarraí


Session/Seisiún I - 7.30pm (Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre)


Reception & Official Opening: Mr Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and An Ghaeltacht

Keynote 1: John Gibney (History Ireland) 'If the Casement guns had landed in Kerry: another version of the Easter Rising'


Chair/Cathaoirleach: Fr. Tomás Looney (President, Kerry Archeological & Historical Society)


Book launch:


Friday/De hAoine 25th October/Deireadh Fómhair


9.00am (Departing outside Carlton Hotel) Tour of Casement sites in North Kerry: Ballyheigue, Banna Beach Memorial, McKenna's Fort, lunch in Katie Browne's Pub*


Session/Seisiún II 1.30-2.45pm (Carlton Hotel, Tralee)

Casement & Global Human Rights 


 Sean O'Brien (Uni of Notre Dame) 'Casement as Progenitor of the Modern Human Rights Movement'

 Denis Linehan (Uni College Cork) 'Orbiting Imperialism: Mapping the Legacies of Roger Casement in the Irish Missionary Movement'

 Andrew McGrath (Independent Scholar) 'The Crime against Europe: Roger Casement's Just War Theory'

 Chair/Cathaoirleach: Brian Ó Conchubhair


Session/Seisiún III - 2.45-3.45pm (Carlton Hotel, Tralee)


Keynote 2: Angus Mitchell (Independent Scholar) 'The Trial of Roger Casement: Some Missing Dimensions'

Chair/Cathaoirleach: Tim Horgan


3.45-4.00 Tea/Coffee break


Session/Seisiún IV - 4.00-5.00pm (Carlton Hotel, Tralee)

Casement, Europe & World War I


 Jeffrey Dudgeon (Independent Scholar) 'Casement and the Easter Rising: Berlin, Dublin and British Intelligence'

 Justin Stover (Idaho State University) 'Left behind: the afterlife of Casement's Irish Brigade, 1916-1922'

 Chair/Cathaoirleach: Brian Ó Conchubhair

Session/Seisiún V - 5.00-6.15pm (Carlton Hotel, Tralee)

Casement’s Legacies & Controversies


 Tim O'Sullivan (Athol Books) 'The Case for Forgery: Old Arguments & New Developments'

 Matt Horton (Uni of California, Berkeley) 'A Genealogy of Roger Casement: Protestant Irish Nationalists (1779-1916)'

 Michael Cronin (Boston College) 'Commemorating Casement in Ballyheigue rather than Ardfert'

 Chair/Cathaoirleach: Brian Ó Conchubhair


Session/Seisiún VI - 7.30pm (At Siamsa Tíre Auditorium)

Keynote 3: Robert Schmuhl (Uni of Notre Dame) 'Roger Casement and America'

Chair/Cathaoirleach: Patrick Griffin (Uni of Notre Dame)

Zyber Theatre group presents the premier of 'Roger Casement - Man, Myth, Martyr' (At Siamsa Tíre Auditorium)


Saturday/Dé Sathairn 26th October/Deireadh Fómhair

8.30-9.00am Tea/Coffee

Session/Seisiún VII - 9.00-10.30am (Carlton Hotel, Tralee)

Casement and the Revolutionary Generation


 Tina O'Toole (Uni of Limerick) “Casement and the 'New Woman'"

 Ríona Nic Congáil (St Patrick‟s College, Drumcondra) 'Casement, Philanthropy, and the Colonized Child'

 Margaret O‟Callaghan (Queen‟s Uni Belfast) 'Alice Stopford Green: historian to the revolutionary generation?'

 Chair/Cathaoirleach: Nóirín Ní Laighin (Uni of Notre Dame)

Session/Seisiún VIII - 10.30-11.30am (Carlton Hotel, Tralee)

Keynote 4: Lucy McDiarmid (Montclair State Uni) 'Casement in April 1916: Kerry Memories and Dublin Memoirs'

Chair/Cathaoirleach Aoife Ní Chonchubhair

11.30-1.00pm Lunch/Lón (on your own)


Session/Seisiún IX - 1.00- 2.45pm (Carlton Hotel, Tralee)

Contemporary glances at Casement in Literature


 Leopoldo Bernucci (Uni of California, Davis) 'History and Imagination in El sueño del celta by Mario Vargas Llosa'

 Laura Izarra (Uni of São Paulo) 'The Battle of the Imaginary over History: Masculinity and Heroism in absentia in El sueño del celta?'

 Mariana Bolfarine (Uni of São Paulo) 'Reading The Knight of the Flaming Heart (1995) in Ardfert'

 Eoin Flannery (Oxford-Brooks Uni) 'Crocodiles and Obelisks: the literary afterlife of Roger Casement in the works of WG Sebald and Jamie McKendrick.'

 Chair/Cathaoirleach: Brian Ó Conchubhair (Uni of Notre Dame)


Session/Seisiún X – 2.45-3.45pm (Carlton Hotel, Tralee)

Keynote 5: Nollaig Mac Congáil (Nat. Uni of Ireland, Galway) 'Casement and the Irish Language'

Chair/Cathaoirleach: Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa (Conradh na Gaeilge)


Session/Seisiún XI – 3.45-5.15pm (Carlton Hotel, Tralee)

Casement and Poetry

 Kurt Bullock (Grand Valley State Uni) 'A Rhetoric of Remembrance: Casement's Poetry and the Nationalist Project of Historical Reclamation'

 Tomás Looney (KAHS) 'The Founding of Volunteers in Killarney 1913'

 Matt Campbell (Uni of York) 'Irish Poetry and the Ghosts of Roger Casement'

 Michael Brunnock (Independent Scholar) 'Casement in Song'

 Chair/Cathaoirleach: Brian Ó Conchubhair


Session/Seisiún XII – 6.15-7.15pm (Carlton Hotel, Tralee)

Keynote 6: Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh (Nat. Uni of Ireland, Galway) 'Commemorating Casement in 2016'

Chair/Cathaoirleach: Michael Griffin (Uni of Limerick)

8.00pm Closing Banquet / Dinnéar na Comhdhála*


*Pre-Registration required


Roger Casement (1864-1916):

The Glocal Imperative


Roger Casement was, and remains, a global humanitarian and international political figure. The University of Notre Dame presents a three-day international conference in Tralee, Kerry, Ireland on 24-26 October 2013 to examine and interrogate Casement’s global and local legacy. This three-day conference features key-notes addresses by international scholars which explore the life and times of Roger Casement and his engagement in Irish and transnational affairs and issues


Keynote speakers: John Gibney, Nollaig Mac Congáil, Angus Mitchell, Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Robert Schmuhl & Lucy McDiarmid


We invite submissions in English or Irish on any aspect of the life and times of Roger Casement, including, but not restricted to:


For individual submissions, please send an abstract of 300-500 words at before 1 May 2013. Panel proposals (with individual titles) composed of three presenters on a related theme especially welcome. For additional information contact,


Deadline for proposals: 1 May 2013


Established in the 13th century by the Anglo Normans, Tralee town sits beside the River Lee from whence it takes its name, in Irish, Trá Lí meaning 'strand of the Lee'. It is the northern access route onto the Dingle Peninsula. Tralee can attest to some violence in the past, as when in 1580, the town was burnt for its involvement in the Desmond Rebellions against Elizabeth 1, in 1798 in the uprising against British rule, the Irish War of Independence (1919 - 1921) and the Irish Civil War(1922 - 1923). The current town dates from the 19th century and is notable for some fine Georgian architecture, particularly in Denny Street.  Local attractions include: Blennerville Windmill (the largest operating windmill in Ireland) - Tralee Aquadome with its slides, rapids and wave machine - Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre and its eco-friendly visitor centre, viewing tower, activity zone and nature zone - The Ashe Memorial Hall, home of the Tourist office, Kingdom Museum and the Geraldine Experience. There are some fine, clean beaches along the Kerry coastline, some within a short drive of Tralee. Recommended are Banna beach and Balyheige to the north of Tralee and on the Dingle Peninsula, The Magharee at Castlegreory and Brandon Bay Strand. Walkers will be delighted with the local walking routes which include The North Kerry Way and the Dingle Way both starting in Tralee.


How to get to Tralee

Trains run frequently between Dublin and Tralee, and also Cork to Tralee and Limerick to Casement Station, Tralee. for full details of train times and services visit 

Tralee Rail Station +353 (0)66 712 3522
Dublin Rail Station: +353 (0)1 836 6222
Cork Rail Station: +353 (0)21 506 766



Bus services run frequently between Tralee and most major cities. For a full list of services and bus timetables, visit the Bus Éireann website at

Tralee Bus Station: +353 (0)66 712 3566
Dublin Bus Station: +353 (0)1 836 6111
Cork Bus Station: +353 (0)21 508 188

By Air


Kerry International Airport is situated at Farranfore (between Tralee and Killarney) and the journey time from the airport to Tralee is around 20 minutes. The airport handles direct flights from Dublin, London and Germany. Alternatively, Shannon Airport and Cork Airport are both approximately a 2 hour drive from Tralee, and both have bus services direct to Tralee.

Kerry International Airport: +353 (0)66 976 4350
Dublin International Airport: +353 (0)1 814 1111
Cork International Airport: +353 (0)21 431 3131
Shannon International Airport: +353 (0)61 712 0000

By Road


From Shannon Airport
Take the N18 from Shannon Airport heading towards Limerick City (approx 25 minutes), on the approach to Limerick follow signs for a ring road stating Cork/Tralee/Killarney - N20 and N21. This will lead you to a motor way. Once on the motor way follow the sign for Tralee/Killarney N21.The N21 will take you through the following towns Adare, Newcastlewest, Abbeyfeale and Castleisland. At Castleisland stay on the N21 to Tralee. This journey will take approx 1 hour 50 mins.

From Limerick City
In Limerick City take the N20 Cork which connects onto the N21. The N21 will take you through the following towns Adare, Newcastlewest, Abbeyfeale and Castleisland. At Castleisland stay on the N21 to Tralee.

From Cork Airport
Take the N71 from the Airport. At the Kinsale Roundabout follow directions for theN22 travelling through Macroom, Ballyvourney, Killarney and Farranfore. Join the N21 to Tralee.

From Dublin
Take the N7 Limerick City. Take the bypass the N20 (Cork & Tralee) , which connects onto the N21 (Tralee/Killarney). The N21 will take you through the following towns Adare, Newcastlewest, Abbeyfeale, Castleisland. At Castleisland stay on the N21 to Tralee.


Conference Hotels:

The conference recommends two hotels both of which offer a conference rate and have reserved rooms for delegates:

The Carlton Hotel (Primary Conference Venue)

Ballyseede Castle Hotel



(Registration does not include accommodation which you may arrange directly with either hotel)

Full Registration: 100Euro

Full registration includes admission to all conference sessions, the tour of Casement’s Kerry, admittance to the Zyber production of Roger Casement’s 1916, refreshments, conference materials and closing banquet.