R.I.P. MG Keating 31.July.1930 - One of nature's noblemen
Of course the pages of Irish newspapers at this time are an important source for learning about obituaries and in detailing the life of a person. The radical newspaper Honesty in August 1930 provided information on one such individual noting the passing of an old Nationalist in Madrid in Spain. On the July 31st the paper went into great detail on the life of the late MG Keating, of Dublin who it was said had spent most of his life serving Ireland. Michael Keating was a brilliant draftsman and was trained in the best of firms in London. He left London to take charge of a business and soon became one of Charles Stewart Parnell’s right-hand men. The ‘uncrowned king of Ireland’, as Parnell was known, would go nowhere without having Keating in his company. He was one of the originators of the Limerick Leader newspaper, which has served in Parnell's interest. Before he left Ireland, he was on the point of writing out the detail of Parnell’s life and the last sad end. Keating was organizer of what became for a time the national organisation. Newspaper obituaries, such as Keating’s provide a great source of information about people’s lives and what others considered to have been the outstanding achievement of a person’s life. It was very often the case a person was recognized for their achievements in death, again making the obituary an important source for local and national history.
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Download Source : Honesty 1915-1931, Saturday, August 16, 1930, page 18