On 29th July 2018 our beloved Margaret Keane died suddenly, aged 73, with her family by her side. Her death came as a great shock to her loving husband Bernard (Bernie), her mother Bridget, her sisters Anne, Cath and Helen, her children Colette, Michael, Vincent, Bernadette (Bez), Caroline and Donna, and her 14 grandchildren. Her loss has been devastating to us as a family. The 23 months since her death have been extremely difficult for us all.
The family has been prevented from marking Margaret’s grave in the way we wish, with the Chancellor of the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Coventry ruling that our inscription “In ár gcroíthe go deo” on Margaret's headstone had to be accompanied by an English translation because “Given the passions and feelings connected with the use of Irish Gaelic there is a sad risk that the phrase would be regarded as some form of slogan or that its inclusion without translation would of itself be seen as a political statement".
The family join many others in expressing their disappointment with this ruling.
We have decided to set up the Margaret Keane Memorial Fund to honour her life and to ensure that, after the battle we have endured to try to make a final statement of love to her, lessons are learned and other grieving families are not put through this. All funds raised will go to three things of particular importance to Margaret and our family:
1. Fund child(ren) from Roger Casements G.A.A Coventry underage team to attend their annual exchange home to Ireland.
2. We want to commission an independent study exploring the impact of public decision making on Black and Minority Ethnic groups including issues of power, privilege and prejudice and its impact on race relations.
3. Supporting further legal or policy challenges to any possible discriminatory impact of Diocesan regulations or practices, with the intention to ensure equality of opportunity to all engaging in such processes.
The family of Margaret Keane wishes to express their warmest thanks for your support in ensuring that such bias will not go unchallenged and through the Margaret Keane Memorial Fund we can ensure that systematic changes are made so that future grieving families are not subjected to a similar prejudice.
- Sean McGeorge
- Tom Conroy
- Veronica NíStrathín
- Conor Quinn
- Rachel Lawrence
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