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Death Of Willie Duggan

The President, Executive Committee and members of Blackrock College RFC wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of our Life Member, the late Willie Duggan. May He Rest in Peace.

He died in his home in Dunmore, Co Kilkenny after a suspected heart attack.

Duggan, a brilliant No 8 for Club, Province and country, also played on the Lions 1977 tour to New Zealand, featuring in all four Tests against the All Blacks in a 3-1 series loss.

A much-admired character in the game, Duggan played 41 times for Ireland - scoring two tries. He also had the dubious honour, along with Wales' Geoff Wheel of being the first player to be sent off during a Five Nations game.

Scottish referee Norman Samson sent both men for an early bath following some fisticuffs at a lineout during the 1977 encounter at Cardiff Arms Park.

Not that Duggan ever admitted to being sent off. Instead, as the late, great Moss Keane recalled it, Samson simply asked his team-mate to vacate the playing area.

"Duggan always maintained he was never sent off," said Keane. "He said to me the referee came towards him and said would he mind leaving the field?

"And Duggan says, 'Sure not at all. I was b******d anyway'."


Willie Duggan, Dunmore, Kilkenny. August 28th 2017 (suddenly) at his home. Beloved husband of Ellen and much loved dad of Willie, Helena and Monica, father-in-law of Robbie and Donal and grandfather of Jo. He will always be remembered by his wife, son, daughters, extended family and friends. May He Rest In Peace.

Willie would have wanted a party, so, a celebration of his life will take place at his home from 4p.m. to 8p.m. on Wednesday, please dress colourfully (not in black). The celebration of Willie's life will continue on Thursday with Requiem Mass at 11a.m. in St. Mary's Cathedral followed by burial in St. Kieran's Cemetery. No flowers please.

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