Louis Darcy

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Louis Darcy (Lugháidhe Ó Dorchaidhe), member of Irish Republican Army, Executed by the Black and Tans on 24 March 1921.


Darcy was a native of Donaghpatrick, Headford, County Galway, and was Officer Commanding of the third battalion, which made up Cloneen, Claren and Caherlistrane. His brigade was an independent one which liaised with that of Michael Newell in Castlegar. Both brigades participated in the ambushes at Kilroe barracks and Headford, in April 1921.

Darcy was captured at Oranmore railway station by the Black and Tans. After two days imprisonment, he was identified by members of the Headford Royal Irish Constabulary. Later that night he was shot by the Black and Tans; his body was tied to the back of a lorry and pulled behind as it drove from Oranmore to Roscam, where it was thrown into the wood at Merlin Park. The British Military Intelligence received information on Darcy from an informant, he was ..."by one of the extraordinary decrees of faith, met his death on the same spot where, a few weeks previously, he had brutally murdered a police Sergeant." <ref,Report on the Intelligence Branch of the Chief of police Dublin castle " 1920 -1921.>.

There is a ballad written in honour of Louis Darcy. A version is to be found on the Gael Linn album 'Muintir Chatháin / The Keane Family' released in 1985, sung by Matt Keane Snr., father of Dolores.

See also


  • History of Castlegar Parish, Padraic Ó Laoi, 1996.

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