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Death of Ciara Durkin

Born: Jul 6, 1977

Death: Sep 28, 2007

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland

Profession: Soldier

Nationality: United States

Death of Ciara Durkin

Date of Birth : Jul 6, 1977
Date of Death : Sep 28, 2007
Birth Place : Republic of Ireland

Ciara M. Durkin, Corporal, United States Army, was a Specialist with the Massachusetts National Guard who died while deployed in Afghanistan. A U.S. Army investigation ruled the death a suicide but the family disputes this. Durkin, one of nine siblings, was born on the island of Eanach Mheain, near County Galway, Ireland. Her mother, Angela, is a native of the island, and her father, Tommy, was a native of Tourmakeady, County Mayo. Following her father's retirement as a teacher, the family emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1986, where her father died a few months later, aged 55. She returned to Ireland to attend school, returning to the Boston area in her mid-teens. She was a 1996 graduate of Fontbonne Academy, Milton, and joined the Army National Guard in October 2005 after getting laid off from her information technology job at Fenway Health, her family told the Quincy, Massachusetts-based Patriot Ledger. Of her family, her mother, and four siblings live in Boston, while two brothers live in New York. Another sister and brother live in Eanach Mheain, while another sister, lives in Buncrana, County Donegal.


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