Sam was born at the height of the famine in Glengrant, the son of Thomas O’Keefe and Jane Reddy, both from Glengrant. He lived for a number of years in Waterford, before moving to Carrick after his marriage to Mary Power of Carrick on 3rd Feb 1874 and over the next 20 years produced at least 9 children of which only one, Thomas, survived beyond childhood - 1901 & 1911
He was employed for over 40 years by Maurice Davin at the salmon fishing weir. Sam was an enthusiastic GAA follower and an ardent Irish Nationalist and was out in the 1867 Rising.
Sam died in Oct 1934 age 87, but there is no mention of any surviving children.