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Plaque to 19-year-old shot dead during the War of Independence unveiled in Dublin

The plaque is only the fourth to honour a woman

A PLAQUE has been unveiled commemorating a 19-year-old shot dead during the War of Independence in a series of raids by British forces.

Margaret Keogh, a printer's assistant, was shot at her home in Stella Gardens, Ringsend on July 10 1921 and died of her wounds two days later.

Dublin City Council plaque on the street where Ms Keogh lived.

The Cumann na mBan member, who was also a member of the Irish Clerical Workers Union, and was the captain of the Croke Ladies Hurling Club, was buried with military honours in Glasnevin.

She had been due to play a match in Howth the day after she was shot.

Historian Dr Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc said Ms Keogh "embodied all of the various strands entwined in the Irish Revolution".

Dublin Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland said the teenager is "only one of the many women who played a significant role in the struggle for Irish freedom".

The plaque is only the fourth to honour a woman, with the council's Commemorations and Naming Committee inviting "many more such applications in the future".

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