Seán Duggan, one of the greatest hurlers of all time, will be honoured by his native city of Galway when the Galway Coach Station and Webworks Building is officially named the Seán Duggan Centre.
The official naming will take place tomorrow at 11am at the building which is situated on the corner of Forster Street and Fairgreen Road.
Mr Duggan played hurling with Liam Mellows and with the Galway senior inter-county team from 1943 until 1953. He is widely regarded as possibly the best goalkeeper the game has ever seen. The famous photograph of Mr Duggan catching the sliothar one handed has become iconic and inspired a sculpture by John Behan. It also inspired commentator Mícheál Ó hEithir to say, “Up goes that hand again for Galway” on numerous occasions.
He was on a Monastery School team that won the Dean’s Cup in 1935, won five county championships with the Liam Mellows Club, and appeared in numerous All-Ireland finals. To this day Mr Duggan remains passionate about all things GAA and he is a keen swimmer.
“Galway hurling is fortunate to have had the commitment of Seán Duggan over the years,” said the Mayor of Galway councillor Pádraig Conneely. “People like Seán, through giving a great deal to hurling, inspire a sense of enthusiasm. In this regard I am delighted that the Galway Coach Station and Webworks Building will be officially named in his honour.”
The city manager Joe MacGrath said the official naming of the building is an “opportunity for the city of Galway to honour and acknowledge in perpetuity the contribution that Seán Duggan has made not only to hurling bu