I suppose it came as no real surprise as Brian had been fighting cancer for quite some time, in fact I suppose it was somewhat of a relief for the family that he was finally at peace.
Brian Keenan was (it's strange to speak about him in the past tense) an inspirational figure within the Republican Movement and the wider Republican family in general.
His real flare was with young people and I was lucky enough to have attended a few different events where he has spoken and on each occasion you could have heard a pin drop.
I was disappointed that I was unable to attend the Le Cheile event after the Ard Fheis as Brian was the Ulster honouree.
Brian did a series of interviews recently with An Phoblacht and they offer an interesting insight into this hardline Socialist Republican.
Having just returned from his wake I am sure that he would have been proud of the turnout and the affection with which he was held, in South Armagh in particular.
I want to pass my condolences on to all of Brian's family.
He will be missed by all!
"Let no man write my epitaph; for as no man who knows my motives dares not vindicate them, let no prejudice or ignorance asperse them... When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written."- Robert Emmet