Joseph Ruddy (Josie), was born in 1892 in Quay Street, Westport to Thomas and Mary Ruddy., the second oldest of four sons. Josie was a carpenter working alongside his father in the family carpentry and undertaking business, the family were now living in Church Lane. Some years later his brother Thomas joined the business. He played an active part in the War of independence in Westport and held senior positions in the Volunteers, local IRB and Sinn Fein. In May 1916, Josie, along with other IRB members, was deported and interned in Frongoch, Wales. After his release from internment, he continued his political activities, recruiting members, serving as secretary on the committee of Westport Sinn Fein as well as his carpentry work. In December 1918 Josie was appointed sub director of elections for the Westport district, South Mayo constituency, on behalf of Sinn Fein, which resulted in the election of Joe McBride as a Sinn Fein TD.
During the civil war, Joe became Captain of the 2nd Division of the National Army/Óglaigh na hÉireann. He was killed in action, along with 4 of his troops near Newport in November 1922.
Photo of Joseph Ruddy and brief biography submitted by a family member.