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Peter Duggan talks about how his family has influenced his game

Family is at the core of hurling

Peter Duggan had a cracking Championship campaign this summer with the Bannermen. Although Clare were knocked out by Galway in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, there were many highs for the Bannermen.

They made it back to Croke Park for the first time since 2013, and for Peter himself, he was the top scorer of the Championship and earned himself an All-Star nomination. Not to mention he scored one of the best points we have ever seen in hurling!

1 July 2018; Peter Duggan of Clare prior to the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Final match between Cork and Clare at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Close to calling it

We chatted to Peter about how his family has influenced his game and helped him along the way, and it turns out he was very close to calling it quits last year until he chatted with his brother Martin.

“My family has had a huge influence on my hurling. Last year, I was debating not really going back because I had kind of been on the scene for a good while and hadn’t really made a breakthrough. I was getting a few doubts and in a way, I was starting to grow sick and tired of it. I ended up ringing my brother Martin, and I told him I was going to pack it in.

But after talking to him, he convinced me to stay with it. I thought ‘I may as give it one more smack and see what happens.’ I am very grateful for all of them, Mam, Dad, my brother Martin for making sure that I went back. I always just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it, and it gives you a lot more confidence for the next year.”

28 July 2018; Peter Duggan of Clare is tackled by Adrian Tuohy and Paul Killeen of Galway during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final match between Galway and Clare at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

A way of life

And the Duggan household it is all about hurling! It is part of their family life.

“The Duggans would have grown up hurling mad. Martin plays hurling over in London and our family life revolves around hurling. There would nothing said about it being too strenuous or too dangerous anyways. I can guarantee you that. Some would think that it’s not dangerous enough anymore!”

And would he ever hear his family from the sidelines?

“No, I wouldn’t ever. My parents would be two of the quietest people now. When Dad goes to a game, he would be the lad that would be hidden in behind a tree, sneak peaking!  For Clooney (Peter’s club), he would always be on the show now because he is the Chairman of the club, but if I was playing for LIT, I would land in the home and he would say, ‘How did you do?’ pretending like he wasn’t even there, and I would say, ‘Don’t worry Dad, I spotted you!” 

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Ellen McConville

Typically found on the sidelines or in Croke Park, Ellen is the Sports Content Editor for Littlewoods Ireland and your go-to gal for all things GAA. A big lover of all things Christy Moore, fashion and some wine and cheese as well.

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