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Gulp.

This afternoon.

Roger Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnell, Co Dublin

Early, possibly ill advised,livestock shooting sniper training for young tykes at an open day hosted by the Irish Defence Forces to mark the 100th anniversary of Roger Casement’s death.

Because nothing says ‘remembrance’ like getting your mitts around a .338 7.62mm ‘widow maker’, in fairness.

Earlier: Sandycove Remembers

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We mean no harm.

UN and crowd control-loving rascals top from left Kate and Jonah Maguire, Chloe Connolly and Bailey Mckenna at the Baldonnell open day.

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The government Lear 45 Jet at Baldonnell.

Typical.

Just sitting there doing NOTHING.

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews

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 Fearghus O’Conchuir’s The Casement Project

Banna this filth!

“My children wanted to see the fireworks display in the evening as such we returned later that evening to enjoy what was touted to be ‘the midnight reimagining of [Roger] Casement’s Ill-fated landing...and what a landing we got!

This dance routine by Fearghus O’Conchúir began quite innocently with six dancers on stage. However after about 15 minutes one male dancer took off his pink and black lycra leggings and top to reveal his completely tattooed body – which we could clearly see from his ‘underwear’ which had the word “addicted\ written on the back and had two large holes cut out to reveal his bare buttocks. Is this what they see as “family friendly”?

It was highly sexualised and in the majority aimed at a homosexual audience with long extract being read aloud from what appeared to be an autopsy of Casement’s body.

The intention was to highlight Casement’s homosexuality and references to ’anus, riding, deep to the hilt, etc as well as men dancing and groping with each other on stage.

This was totally inappropriate for an audience with young children. It was not family friendly and you could sense the unease of people watching. The final straw came when he mentioned the word “erection” …..We left in DISGUST.”

Listener to Radio Kerry concerning the Casement Project dance finale – “Butterflies and Bones” directed by Fearghus O Conchuir, – at last Saturday’s Féile Fáilte Festival in Banna Strand, Tralee, Co Kerry.

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“There were many different kinds of families represented at the event across the day; while we appreciate that the content of Butterflies and Bones challenged a small number of the audience who were present for the later part of the night, the majority of the feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Féile Fáilte organisers.

Radio Kerry (Facebook)

Thanks Jerry O’Sullivan

 

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The Casement Sonata is a long poetic work in musical form examining the life, imprisonment and death of Roger Casement (above) by Gavin Friday and Dublin poet James McCabe, at Dublin City Gallery at Hugh Lane, .Charelmont House, Parnell Square N, Dublin 1. To wit:

The Casement Sonata is a long-form ambient poem exploring the life and death of
Sir Roger Casement, one-time knight of the British Empire and the establishment’s most threatening rebel spirit. By transforming the age-old argument between Celt and Saxon into a global conversation about human rights,

Roger Casement upended nationalist rhetoric just as much as imperial reasoning, and set the scene for his own isolation and execution. Like Parnell and Wilde before him, Casement was a sophisticated Irishman who threatened the fabric of British hegemony and was deliberately targeted for his sexual behaviour as a reactionary countermove.

FIGHT!

The Casement Sonata will be played twice daily in the Hugh Lane Gallery at 12pm and 3pm from July 21- August 21.

The Casement Sonata (Gavin Friday)

Thanks Noel at Dublin City Council

Sir Roger Casement, Patrick Wallace, director of the National Museum (where the hat and sword will now go on display) and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Jimmy Deenihan.

Britain returned Casement’s body in 1965, but the London Metropolitan Police have been hanging on to his sword and hat since 1916.

The National Archives at Kew will be keeping the so-called Black Diaries, thank you very much.

(Photocall Ireland)
Casement pic via