Mayo Abbey roots as Connor sprints to success
Posted in Connect on September 29, 2015.
A young man with strong Mayo roots is cutting a dash on the athletics circuit. Connor Duggan, 18, was a member of the Irish panel at a recent international series in Sweden. His father Liam Duggan who hails from Mayo Abbey was a prominent player with Hollymount and also featured with St. Mary’s Colege in Galway. Liam, a stylish and competent footballer turned in many gutsy displays in the GAA fields in his home county. He later lined out with Summerhill in Meath, a team that included All Ireland medal winners Mick and Padraig Lyons, both of whom also had strong Mayo links. Liams brother, Richard, played with Mayo Gaels. Connor’s mother is Patricia Cosgrove, she’s one of the leading coaches of Connors club Craughwell AC, which is the biggest juvenile Athletic Club in Ireland.
Connor, who specialises in the 60m, 100m, 200m and the 4×100m relay, enjoyed great success in 2014 when he won gold medals at the National Indoor Relay with Craughwell AC in Athlone. He won the national U-18 title at the Outdoor Track and field championships and two weeks later won a bronze medal in the National U-18 200m. He wore the Irish vest at the Celtic Games in Santry last year where he won the invitational U-18 100m for Ireland and was a member of the silver medal winning relay team. He was also honoured with the Galway U-19 Athletics Award in 2014.
Connors achievments are being followed closely by his grandparents, Imelda (nee Trench) and Willie Duggan in Mayo Abbey.