This is the grave of Mary Ellen Duffy at Drumcoo Municipal Cemetery at the top of the Oaks on the Dungannon Coalisland Road. Mary Ellen Duffy was a member of the famous “Duffy’s Circus” family and was married to John Duffy who was known as “The Irish Barnum” She died on August 12th 1939 while the circus was in Dungannon. She was waked at McKennas a pub on Irish street which is now “McGraths” The following is a brief extract from a booklet called
“Sixty-Seven Years a Showman! A True Life Story of the World Famous JOHN DUFFY THE IRISH BARNUM”
The year of 1939 was another sad year for me and my family — in the passing of my dear wife at Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, on August 12th where the people of Dungannon and all Ireland sympathised with us in our great loss, the people of the town said the funeral cortege was the largest they had ever seen there, and those at the graveside included Joseph Steward, M.P. for East Tyrone, Mr. Beatty, Town Clerk and many business people of all denominations from the Six Counties were represented as well as show people from the four corners of Ireland.
An interesting detail on the headstone is the horse drawn circus wagon at it’s base.
Never knew this…………interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!
A well known local publican in Irish street contacted me after reading the previous blog about Dyffy’s Circus in Coalisland with the information about Mary Ellen Duffy’s grave in Drumcoo Cemetery. I went up and with in ten minutes found it.