1945 - 2007
Paramilitary and drag artist.
Sammy Duddy was initially known in Belfast for his drag queen act, performing in the city's clubs as 'Samantha'. However his initial role in loyalism had been during the late 1970's and early 1980's when he served as the public relations officer for the then legal Ulster Defence Association (UDA). Duddy went on to serve as the editor of UDA magazine Ulster for a time and published a book of poetry entitled Concrete Whirlpools of the Mind which received praise for its sensitive treatment of the problems for young working class men drawn into violence.
He died of a heart attack on 17 October and is survived by his second wife, Joyce, and three children.
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