On this day in … 1916

Sir Roger Casement was hanged at Pentonville Prison in London. He had been convicted of treason for his role in the Irish Easter Rising for independence.

Casement’s execution, along with 14 other executions at¬†Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin and the shooting of Thomas Kent in Cork, would help to turn public opinion decisively against the British in most of Ireland.

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