‘The Bog’ (House)
The Keenans of Battramstown lived in ‘The Bog’ (as the house was locally named) for multiple generations – confirmed as the home to at least three generations and probably more. The earliest confirmed family shown on record has the parents John and Alicia (nee Hatton) who appear on the 1854 Griffiths Valuation. The house was given over to his son John and wife Alice (nee Callaghan) who lived there with their family of eleven children. The last resident of ‘The Bog’ was their son, Larry Keenan who died in the house aged 86, in 1999. The house itself no longer stands, but there are still Keenans in the area.
For multiple generations ‘The Bog’ was known locally as a community focal point in the community, and there was always an open door for the neighbours and friends to have a chat, smoke, drink (sometimes even tea!), and maybe a game of cards – 25’s.
A family of farmers, the family are known to have been popular locally over the generations, and had a reputation for being hard working, honest people, who also knew how to have fun and enjoy themselves.
The descendants of this family (and theirdescendants!) are well scattered over the globe with identified relations as far away as Japan and Canada, and yet there are still Keenans locally with two families still living on the same original road!