"Which of you had the twins?"

From 'The Gates Flew Open' by Peadar O'Donnell (Jonathan Cape, 1932).

Paudeen O'Keeffe was a restless little man with a fine pair of eyes and a waspish tongue. He came to us first in civils and was rather accepted as part of the queer trappings in the early jail days. I don't remember him figuring in anything in 'D' wing and indeed I didn't give him any special attention in the early days in 'C'. I first noticed him the night we decided to parade all our men for count. We had got fed up keeping two men hidden for it meant considerable inconvenience. Paudeen that night came in smartly as usual- he was now wearing the uniform of a captain in the Free State Army; he counted quickly, jotted down the number and hung on his stride; two men too many was nothing serious and he probably felt he had just counted an extra file. But he went back and counted again, this time more slowly; a third time he counted, saying the numbers out loud and then he wheeled around and faced Cooney. They were rather a contrast, for Paudeen O'Keeffe is about five feet seven inches and Andy Cooney must be six foot one. 'Jasus, Cooney', Paudeen explained, 'Which of you had the twins?'

General Election (1921 that is)

My grandfather's ( Pádraig Ó Caoimh) leading role (as General Secretary) at Sinn Féin headquarters (6 Harcourt Street, Dublin) made him shoulder particular responsibility for the party's preparedness for the General Election in which, as it turned out, Sinn Féin candidates were elected without opposition, to 124 of the 128 seats in the twenty-six counties. In the North, Sinn Féin won 6 seats.

In the Dáil, a few days before nominations closed, Piaras Béaslaí (Kerry East) asked whether any instructions had been sent to the Comhairlí Ceantair as regards the selection of candidates with a knowledge of Irish. The reply was reported:

"P. O'Keeffe (Cork North) said there were not, but they would find when the return came in that they would have a bigger proportion of Irish speakers in the House than after the 1918 Elections. He objected strongly to the complaint made in the Report on this point. Very little progress could be made if they got nothing else from the Gaelic league but destructive criticism."