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Statement by President Higgins on the death of Professor Dermot Keogh

Date: Thu 7th Sep, 2023 | 14:00

“I have heard with sadness about the death of Professor Dermot Keogh.

Dermot Keogh was one of our finest historians, bringing in particular a valuable insight into the history of Ireland’s connection with South America.

Last year, Dermot called to Áras an Uachtaráin to present me with a copy of his book “Ireland and Argentina in the twentieth century”. I also recall very clearly his work on El Salvador and the revolt of the colonels in 1979.

Among his other most valuable contributions was his publications on Irish diplomatic relations with the Vatican, his time as editor of foreign policy archives for the RIA, and his important work on Jews in twentieth century Ireland.

Dermot Keogh will be missed by all those who he taught at University College Cork, as well as all those whose strong scholarship in UCC on South American issues owes much to his personal research interests.

May I extend my condolences to his wife Ann, to his children Eoin, Niall, Aoife and Clare, and to all his family, friends and colleagues.”