Obit: O'Keeffe, Richard February 10, 1926

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South Dublin Chronicle 
    The Late Mr. R. O'Keeffe, Newtown Park

The news of the death of Mr. Richard O'Keeffe, Newtown Park, 
Blackrock was received with widespread regret in South 
County Dublin. Born in 1861, he received good education, and 
as a young man took a leading an active part in the National 
movement from the Plan of Campaign, and he was a vigorous 
Parnellite at the 'Spilt' in 1891. The Trade Union movement 
found in him a strong advocate, he figured prominently in 
the strike of 1896, and he was one of the founders of the 
Labour Electoral Association (which contested the first 
Local Government elections after the passing of the L.G. 
Act, 1898). A delegate to many Trades Congresses, he led a 
sustained agitation requiring Governmental proper School 
accommodation, and his activities included Secretary of the 
Management Committee A.S.C., and J.

For many years Mr. O'Keeffe was precluded through ill health 
from continuing the active life he had led, though he 
continued to take a keen and sympathetic interest in the 
fortunes of the Irish Parliamentary Party.

The Funeral The funeral took place to Dean's Grange and the 
attendance included: Very Rev. Canon Waters P.P., who 
officiated, Revs. J. McCarthy, C.C., W. Horan, C.C., P.J. 
Carton C.C., Fr. Berthold, O.D.C., T. McGrath, C.C. The 
chief mourners were Martin and John O'Keeffe (sons), Miss 
O'Keeffe (sister), Mrs. T. Butler, Mrs. Bell (daughters), 
Maura and Ric. O'Keeffe (grandchildren), and amongst the 
general public were:- Messrs. T. Butler, T. Bell, A. Davis, 
Capt. O’Reilly, P.J. Brady, Solicitor, J.M. Devitt, P.C., 
J.J. O'Leary, R. O'Connor, John Mooney (Town Clerk), H.E. 
Powell, W. Brady, B.D.S., W. Coffey, U.D.C., James 
McDermott,, M.R. Lalor, M. Somerville, R. Spiller, J. 
O'Toole, G. Sutton, J. Hargadon, F.J. Kelley, T.J. McKenna 
U.D.C., E. Ward..etc.

South Dublin Chronicle
20 February 1926