Still blogging on the fly, so I don’t have time to write anything substantial today. But I wanted to flag up the news of Dan Keating’s death earlier this week at the age of 105, which made him the oldest man in Ireland. Dan was the last survivor of the Revolutionary War and had quite an illustrious career as a republican militant over many decades. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he remained a convinced republican all his days, refusing in later life even to take the pension he was entitled to from the 26-county government, and was a strong supporter, and more recently patron, of Sinn Féin Poblachtach. His last political intervention had been to sign the letter of ex-prisoners calling for a vote for dissident republican candidates in the Stormont elections.
For further information, I direct readers to the obituary by Ruairí Ó Brádaigh on the Saoirse site. I measc Laochra na nGael go raibh sé.