This successful man provided employment to his native town.
Born in Ballina, Co. Mayo he was educated at the town’s Nation School also St. Murdach’s Seminary in Ardnaree, Ballina. [i]
Among the many Associations and Businesses that he was involved with was Gallagher’s & Co. Ballina, (where his father had been the General Manager) Hugh Ruddy was the Western Representative for the Company.[ii]
During 1900 Hugh Ruddy began a business of Wholesale & Retail Grocer also a Provisions Merchant. Due to its success he moved to larger Premises. This over time expanded to include the Manufacture & bottling of wines, beverages also mineral waters & spirits. Following that success Hugh Ruddy opened a Motor & Engineering Store. Later he formed a Lorry Fleet. He acted as Head of Ruddy & Co. (It was also known as Ballina Mineral Water Company.) [iii]
Hugh Ruddy was a Member of Ballina Chamber of Commerce, the Agricultural & Industrial Society, Irish Motor Trader’s Association, Tobacco Distributors Association, also a member of Registered Grocer & Allied Traders Associations. He was Chairman from 1946 of the River Moy Harbour Commissioners. [iv]
He won the title of All – Ireland Cycling Championship. [v]
His daughter Maura inherited his business. She managed it while her husband John Feeney acted as PRO. (She had married the Mayo Nightingale John Feeney during 1932) [vi]
Hugh Ruddy’s Company is listed among the Businesses in this link in ‘A Stoll Back in Time.’ [vii]
The Company is listed among Mayo Companies at this link. [viii]
‘The Connaught Telegraph’ 6th June 2022 referenced Hugh Ruddy of Ballina in Johnny Mee’s article ‘Auld Stock’: he stated that Hugh Ruddy owned one of the first motor bikes in Mayo: number 1Z 24.
[i] ‘Mayo Men’s Association Jubilee Journal’ 1954