John O’Keeffe left Lismore, County Waterford, in his teens where he undertook his own Immrama travelling around the world and eventually settling in Queens Park, London. Whilst his home is London his heart remains very close to Lismore. He raised eight children, is a grandfather and a great grandfather. Married to the wonderful Kathleen and now in his eighties he remains the head of a very large family.
His book ‘Down the Deerpark Road Outside Lismore’ is a credit to him and his free spirit. It documents tales of a 1930’s childhood in Lismore with vivid descriptions of the environment and the characters. An ideal time to have been a child. It offers the reader an insight into the life of a special man and is full of the interesting stories that make up a fulfilled life.
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