A Kerry Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point

Banna Beach

Banna Beach, known also as Banna Strand, is a 7 mile long sandy Blue flag beach in Tralee Bay. It is a popular beach with Tralee residents just 7 miles away. It is supervised by lifeguards during the summer months and ideal for swimming, surfing and kite-surfing.

Some History

Banna Beach is associated with Sir Roger Casement, the Irish revolutionary leader, who landed from a German U-Boat on Banna Beach at the start of the 1916 Easter Rising in 1916 . Casement was involved in an attempt to land arms for Irish Republicans from the German vessel the Aud.

Casement was arrested on Good Friday morning. He was taken to London to stand trial. He was found guilty and was hanged at Pentonville Prison on August 3rd 1916 and is buried in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.

A monument for Casement and another man, Robert Monteith, stands near the dunes.