Google Book Search helps readers discover the world's books while helping authors and publishers reach new audiences. After a careful search among the earliest files, it would seeni that John Keegan began first to appear in print, May 6th, 1837, in the sixth volume. 33, where we meet with a series of beautiful stanzas, in the favourite metre of Robert Bums, but not in the Scottish dialec L This composition is headed ' to Spring,' and it is signed John Keegan, Tougher of Killeany. K., and at No, 41, another, Apostrophe to Kilkeknf^ signed J-K. 3, are Versa uirillen during the great Solar Eclipse, May i$lh, 1838^ '" In latpi years tbis paper became the property of Michi Carey, Esq. As her parents were absolutely opposed to the match, a runaway marriage was accomplished, husband and wife being then about thirty years of «o Among others, the daughter of old Mr. James Delany, as she informed us, and who had agreeable recollections ol her respected teacher, Thomas Maloney. She proved unworthy of me ; indeed I deserved disappoint- ment, for I knew well she was not in any manner suited to my feelings, my tastes, or my habits. Well, ' Time and the hour wear through the longest day.' Had she conducted herself sensibly and docilely and steadily she might be happy, though my heart broke in the struggle to make her so." The Miss Campion above referred to was a distant relative of Keegan, who lived at a place called Castle Trench or Coole, near Castletown.You can search through the full text of this book on the web at | //books .google .com/I LEGENDS AND POEMS BY JOHN KEEGAN NOfy FIRST COLLECTED EDITED BY THE LATE VERY REV. It evinces a keen appreciation of natural scenery and the beauties of nature, especially in her rural aspects, ' ' The Tougher of Killeany was that high road or cause-^ way which dominated the low lands bordering thft Gully, and as the cottage of Thomas Maloney stood nea£ it, so John Keegan was accustomed while he hved then to attach that address with his name or initials to poetical contributions in the Leins Ur Express. who, in the most obliging manner possible, not 00 allowed the writer (u Uest access to the early files of that joura lor an exhaustive search o( John Keegan's contributions to ^ but permitted their transcription in typew Titioe ^V pupils of tlw Christian Brothers' School, Maryborough, under the dirc'^' '■ their excellent teachers. St No inscription marks the graves of Thomas Maloney or his sister. The fact is, I never loved her — I mean respected her — and yet— O tell it not in Gath — I made a wife of her. It is to this lady *» This daughtei died suddenly at Abbeyleix Railway Station, io late as May, 1896. that most of Keegan's extant letters are addressed. It still stands and serines its purpose, with some slight modifications and improve- ments. 493 Lament of the Emigrant Conn aught Woman FOR HER Dead Son ... However, the vestry was found to be inconveniently small for the fifty or sixty boys and girls who soon flocked to it, so that it was resolved to erect a new schoolhouse in close proximity to the chapel and facing the public road. A curious relic is still preserved by the female school teacher,who now has charge of the National School- house into which the former school has been converted, and which serves to indicate pretty closely the date for its first opening. " While the priests and people were engaged in the work * * This was several years before the Board of National Educa- tion had come into existence. xiii of building, the children were removed from the vestry to the chapel itself, and here school was taught for about two years. and his wife, living in a comfortable farmhouse in the townland of Beamarrig, near Killeany Castle. " Although his fame as a good teacher extended far and wide, the population of that parochial district was most numerous in and near the village of Shanahoe, and for a great majority of the children Maloney *s house was too distant. He also acted as Clerk of the Chapel, taking care of the vestments, altar linens, etc., and supplying in general all other ecclesiastical requirements. Patrick*s, Mountrath, dated 5th of July, 1 89 1, and signed Br. Much of the instruc- tion given, especially on warm days, was under a shady hedge-row, and hence came the denomination of Hedge Schools, and as we have been assured by some of his former pupils, the early school of Thomas Maloney be- longed to that class.
I next enquired of the old people in the neighbourhood, and had the same unhappy result. Dowling, Castletown, is dead close on a year, and no one seems to know where his books are gone." * " As John Keegan grew up, on Sundays and holidays of obligation he took charge of the catechism classes for boys and girls — most of them his own week-day pupils — and he regularly called the list of attendances before they were dismissed from the chapel of Closh. " Before the National System of Primary Education had been established in Ireland^ the clergy and people were obliged to supply the want of schools by divers expedients, especially in country districts.Whether a book is still in copyright varies from country to country, and we can't offer guidance on whether any specific use of any specific book is allowed. The kindly writer attributes too much merit to these early effusions, as the reader will see, but the account has its own value : — " The Leins Uf Express was started as a weekly news- paper, and published every Saturday, at Maryboiough, under the editorship of Wi Diam Henry Talbot.^® The first number appeared on Saturday, 24tl^ September, 1831, and it was started as a Conservative journal. He was buried in the graveyard attached to the Protestant church of Maryborough, and over his remains, with those of other members of his family, is a tall square lime-stone tomb, having panels containing inscriptions on each of the four sides, one of which states that Ellen Talbot, his wife, died Apiil r4th, 187s, aged 66. Fintan Lalor, of Scotchrath where she died, and was interred in the old family burial place of Shanakill,^^ about seven yeais after her brother's death.Please do not assume that a book's appearance in Google Book Search means it can be used in any manner anywhere in the world. In the leading article, among other announcements, it was stated to be open ' for the reception of Literary Sketches^ and extracts from every new work of merit.' This gave it an interest for readers of all parties, and it especially engaged the pens of local writers in the Queen's County.^^ It is to be regretted that the earlier volumes of the 1* He was bom about the year 1800 in Ennis, County of Clare. His eldest son, James Leech Talbot, was drowned in Lake Ontario, Canada, when his second son, William Henry, succeeded to the management and proprietorship of the paper. filv iniured ■ XVI Memoir of John Keegan, Lfinsler Express kept in the office "are not only injured by damp, which renders it difficult to separate many ol the pages without doing injury to them ; but on search- ing through the files, tinder the heading of 'Poetry,' we find several pieces de Uberately cut out, and, moreover, whole pages are missing. The later house of Thomas Maloney is still to be seen, unroofed, and in ruins, and on the roadside leading from Abbeyleix to the Castle of Gortnacle." At this time, when Keegan was securing a foot- hold in the literary world, and when there was some prospect of a fairly successful future before him, he took a step which had the most disastrous effect upon his life and hopes. Keegan was, according to tradition, a very handsome woman, but improvident, and a *' veritable Xantippe," although it is stated that much of the unhappiness of Keegan 's married life was caused by the feud between the two families which resulted from the marriage. "Although having regular and pleasing features, Keegan was disfigured by what is called a hare-Bp, and this made his utterance somewhat indistinct. From them we have derived the following anecdotes and particulars, relating more especially to Keegan's personal appearance and qualities.