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13 June 2024  

Statement on the passing of Professor Dermot Keogh


The National University of Ireland is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Prof Dermot Keogh, Emeritus Professor of History at University College Cork. Award-winning historian, author and journalist, Prof Keogh applied his incisive analytical skills to a great many areas from trade unions and the labour movement to Latin American history.

He published many acclaimed histories, including Jack Lynch: A Biography, Jews in Twentieth Century Ireland: Refugees, Antisemitism and the Holocaust and Twentieth Century Ireland: Nation and State.

The Chancellor, Dr Maurice Manning, expressed his sorrow: “Professor Dermot Keogh's contribution to the development of Irish historical studies was immense. His scholarly publications, often based on groundbreaking research, covered many aspects of twentieth century Irish history, especially in the areas of Church-State relations and foreign policy. He was a fine teacher and a great encourager of emerging talent. His enthusiasm for his subject was contagious and he made a huge contribution to the development of historical studies in his beloved UCC. Most of all he was a decent, generous and honourable man who will be greatly missed.

Prof Keogh’s scholarship was far-reaching and impactful. He leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire, as he did through his writing and his work and leadership at UCC.


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