John Keegan

















































John Keegan 1816-1849

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Born in Killeaney, Shanohoe, County Laois. He wrote for the Nation and other periodicals. He was buried in a common grave in Glasnevin Cemetery. (See map page 246). A John Keegan Commemoration Committee was formed in 1999 in order to mark his grave with an appropriate memorial. According to their website the location of the grave was identified by Tony Delaney with the assistance of Joe Kenny of Glasnevin Cemetery. Dr Pádraig Ó Macháin designed the cross and Brendan Crowe carved the memorial. The panels show St Peter from an 18th century painting upon which the story The Dithreoch’s Legacy is based, and an uileann piper to reflect Keegan’s best known poem Caoch the Piper. The cross was unveiled by Ciarán MacMathúna and Tony Delaney.

            The inscription reads:  John Keegan/ 1816-1849/ Writer, Poet And Story Teller/ Author Of “Caoch The Piper”/ “Tales Of The Rockites” Etc./ Born In Killeaney, Shanohoe, Co Laois/ Died Of Cholera, Dublin/ 30th June 1849/ I Líontaibh Dé Go gCastar Sinn/

            On the base are lines from Keegan’s poem Tomorrow: It Matters Little Why We Fell/ If We Arise Tomorrow

Further information, location and directions to the grave are to be found in "The End - An Illustrated Guide to the Graves of Irish Writers".  Click here to order a copy of this book