looking for Information on James Duffy, Died 1919
By Brian O'Callaghan
I would appreciate any information your readers may have on RIC activity and members in the Oughterard area during the War of Independence.
My grandmothers brother was stationed in Oughterard after serving with the Munster Fusiliers during WW1 in France.
His name was James Duffy and was a DI or district inspector in Oughterard.
He died in 1919 and my first reaction to learning that information was that it probably was not of natural causes, he being a young man fighting on the ‘wrong’ side in a nasty war.
He was born a catholic in Loughrea Co Galway in the late 1880’s, the son of another RIC man of the same name. His sister, my grandmother, married a ‘strong’ farmer from Macroom Co Cork.
She often mentioned her brother but never discussed how he died with my mother, all she said about the Civil War was that ‘it should never have happened’ and what a terrible thing it was. She died in 1981 at 92 years of age.
Any information, including photographs of the period, no matter how obscure would be of great help to me in my research and would be much appreciated.