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Eoin O’DuffyA Self-Made Hero$
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Fearghal McGarry

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226672.001.0001

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Joy to my youth

Joy to my youth

(p.1) 1 Joy to my youth
Eoin O’Duffy


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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

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