Thanks to Kim for replying to an earlier post and to Jim Herlihy for providing an obituary from The Clare Champion for Fred Duffy (born 1901) I have progressed my search to be able to confirm that my Great Grandfather was a JOHN DUFFY.
JOHN DUFFY was a member of the Royal Irish Constabluary (R.I.C.) He owned property in Cross and Edmondstown in County Roscommon, Ireland, we believe he brought his family to Steele's Terrace in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, from Roscommon. It is known that he had a son Fred (born 1901 died 1937) and another son John (known as Jack or Jackie Duffy died 1965), and two daughters there (possibly Daisy and Bridget).
John "Jack" Duffy never married and spent his life in Steele's Tce. with his mother Mary. He worked for a company called Braids for a time.
JOHN DUFFY's other son, FRED DUFFY, received his early education in Ballaghadereen, was an Irish teacher, IRA Officer and later a schools inspector. Fred married a Mary Russell and in Liscannor where they lived they had two sons. It is believed his first son, Fred, died in infancy, possibly even before he reached his first birthday. His second son, Fiachra, was born in 1935 (January 12th) and died in 1987 in Dublin. Fiachra's father Fred died in 1937 late of Clonroad, Ennis, County Clare. Fiachra's mother Mary Duffy Nee Russell married Kevin Collins a few years later.
Fiachra Duffy (Fiachra S. Ó Dubhthaigh 1935 to 1987) was my father and I am interested in finding out more about our Duffy family's history.
Of particular interest is where and when was FRED DUFFY born in 1901, I don't hold a birth certificate for him. Where and when was his father JOHN DUFFY born, when was he enlisted in the RIC and where was he posted, when and where did he marry MARY, who were his and her parents and from where did they hail?