Michael O'Keefe

 

 

Initial press reports give Quinn, but IRA say Keefe and British files are for Keefe. But no Death Cert for Keefe or O'Keefe. It is possible the Keefe did not die

 

British records indicate two men died, but I cannot get the Inquest

 

1921 May 17 Shot in Kilkenny

Martin Dermody shot same day

IRA Witness Statement Kelly and I rejoined Alyward and the remainder of the Column a few days later at Ballylarkin. The officers of the Kilmanagh Company produced sworn evidence that a British ex-soldier named Michael Keefe had guided the British forces during the round-up. following the occupation of Kilmanagh. Keefe's friend, another ex-soldior named Martin Darmody, was also involved. I had experience of Darmody during the day we were in Kilmanagh. He was very troublesome, threatening our men what they would not have done to them, and we had to lock him up in a pig-house. Alyward was definitely satisfied with the evidence and it was decided to execute both men Two members of the Column were detailed for the task and, accompanied by two members of the Kilmanagh Company, they took Keefe and Darmody prisoners and brought them to a sand pit at Barrack where the executions were carried out.

 

 

Shot by IRA as British spies