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Coming of Age of Richard Keane, Cappoquin House, 7 January 1930

This party was also significant in that it marked the completion, after eight years, of the restoration of Cappoquin House after it was burned by Republicans on 19 February 1923.  For further details see Glascott Symes’s book: Sir John Keane and Cappoquin House in time of war and revolution, Four Courts Press, 2016.

Dungarvan Observer 11 January 1930

There was an enormous gathering drawn from all parts of the county at Cappoquin House on Tuesday night to celebrate the coming of age of Mr Richard Michael Keane, only son of Senator John Keane, Bart, and Lady Keane. The function at which over 200 persons were present, was most elaborate.  Cappoquin House, the stately ancestral home of the Keane family, built in 1760, was burned down in the troubled times…but has since been reconstructed. Except the ornamentation, all the reconstruction work was done by local labour, and the new house is a replica in every detail with the original.  The workers on the estate presented Mr Keane with a handsome new gun to mark the occasion.  The celebration was remarkable for the variety and design of the ladies’ dresses, and the entertainment was one of the more brilliant of the season.  Amongst those present were – Sir Henry and Lady Dobbs, Senator Bagwell and Mrs Bagwell, Captain Alexander, Archdeacon Burkitt, Sir John and Lady Godfrey, Lady Gordon, Captain H and Mrs Smyth, Lady and Miss Musgrave, Mr Beverly Grant Ussher, Mr Henry Villiers-Stuart, Dermot McGillicuddy, Mrs Chearnley, Mr Ambrose Coghill, Mrs De la Poer and party, Rev J Going, Mr T. C. Williams, Solicitor, etc.

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