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October 06, 2007

DAN KEATING, 105 Last veteran of 1919 Irish war

Dan Keating, an IRA member and the last surviving veteran of Ireland's 1919-21 war of independence from Britain, has died, his nursing home and political party said. He was 105.

Mr. Keating, who died Tuesday, joined the 1st Kerry Brigade of the Irish Republican Army in 1920 and, as a rifleman, took part in two major 1921 ambushes that left at least five police officers, four British soldiers and five IRA members dead.

He joined the IRA faction that opposed the 1921 peace treaty with Britain, and fought against former IRA colleagues in Ireland's 1922-23 civil war. He was eventually captured by Irish Free State forces.

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