Fond memories of the great Sean ‘Bags’ Keegan



There was widespread sadness in the Creggs area and throughout the county and the region at news of the death of one of the area’s great characters, Sean Keegan. Mr. Keegan, who was in his late 80s, passed away at his home at Rushfield, Creggs following a short illness.

   A former employee of Roscommon Post Office, Sean was affectionately referred to as ‘Bags’ and was one of the best-known personalities in the area over many decades. His name will always be associated with Creggs GAA Club and he played for the club in five different decades, a fact that he often quoted!

   Usually lining out in goal, Sean was never short of words of ‘encouragement’ for his own defence, the opposition attackers and for the referee too! He was a Creggs GAA official for many years and his contributions to meetings were always good-humoured and usually memorable. You always knew when Sean was at a game as well, as he was never slow to voice his opinion!

  His work as a postman brought him into contact with many members of the public every day and he was a brilliant conversationalist who had many great stories to tell. The last time I met Sean was in Main Street in Roscommon a few months ago.  He recited three monologues to me on that occasion and, as was always the case, you walked away from Sean with a smile on your face. Another great character from the area has gone to his eternal reward, but he left many great memories behind him. Some of the stories associated with Sean will be retold for many years to come and with great affection too.

  It was fantastic that he lived to see his beloved Creggs lift the Roscommon junior title in 2016 – after 33 years – and there was no prouder man than Sean Keegan when the cup came back to Creggs after that memorable win.

  The late Sean Keegan is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Pauline, Patricia, Eileen, Marie, Anne, Sheila and Jenny, sons James and Gerry, his brother Pat, 19 grandchildren and many extended family members.

   The huge crowds that attended the removal and Requiem Mass and burial were a measure of the esteem in which Sean was held. It was a pleasure to have known him. May he rest in peace.