Louis Darcy

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Louis Darcy (Lugháidhe Ó Dorchaidhe) was a member of the Irish Republican Army. He was 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.

British Military Intelligence received information on Darcy from an informant.[1]

There is a ballad written in honour of Louis Darcy.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Report on the Intelligence Branch of the Chief of Police, Dublin castle, 1920 -1921
  • History of Castlegar Parish, Padraic Ó Laoi, 1996.