Monument for Derry republican

A headstone will be erected shortly on the grave of a Derry republican from the 1920s.

James Keenan, father of well known Derry republican, Sean Keenan, fought in the First World War before returning to Ireland and joining the IRA. By 1921 he was the quartermaster of the Derry city battalion.

He was tried three times for the murder of the son of the Governor of the Apprentice Boys, Marshall McKay and acquitted.

It was discovered recently that his grave did not have a headstone and the Bogside and Brandywell Monument Committee set about raising funds to erect one.

This week they it presented a cheque to the Keenan family to erect a headstone.

Róisín Barton, granddaughter of James Keenan, thanked the committee. “I would like to express our deep thanks and gratitude to the Bogside and Brandywell Monument Committee for all their support and assistance in securing the erection of a headstone to Óglach James Keenan,” she said.