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Joy to my youth

FEARGHAL McGARRY

in Eoin O’Duffy

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226672
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696268 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226672.003.0001
Joy to my youth

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This chapter examines the youth and early career of Eoin O'Duffy, who was born on January 28, 1890 in Monaghan County, Ireland. He was raised in a pious household, an austere and impoverished environment, and he developed an interest in Irish culture at an early age. In 1909 O'Duffy successfully applied for a clerkship in the county surveyor's office and afterwards worked as an engineer. He later joined the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), which became influential in his later revolutionary career. The chapter suggests that O'Duffy's ideas about sport, and the underlying concerns that informed them, would play a central role in his leadership of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), the Garda Síochána, and the Blueshirts.

Keywords: Eoin O'Duffy; Monaghan County; Ireland; clerkship; engineer; GAA; revolutionary career; IRA; Garda Síochána; Blueshirts

Chapter.  10845 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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