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Plans in place to revive Past Pupils Golf Society in memory of beloved late teacher

Portlaoise CBS Golf Society John Duggan

Plans are in place to revive the Portlaoise CBS Past Pupils Golf Society and rename it in memory of a beloved late teacher.

John Duggan sadly passed away in April last year and the St Mary’s CBS PPU Cup has been renamed the ‘John Duggan Memorial Cup’.

John was widely known in teaching and sporting circles and was heavily involved in the school’s GAA teams over the years as well as with the Portlaoise GAA club, whom he played and coached with.

In 2004 he guided Portlaoise CBS to the All Ireland Colleges ‘B’ football final which they narrowly lost to St Louis of Kilkeel from Down.

John was also involved with the Portlaoise senior hurlers in recent years, working alongside Teddy Fennelly when the club reached the Leinster intermediate final in 2018.

As well as that he was a keen golfer and in 2017 helped a team of Portlaoise CBS and Portlaoise College staff to win the inaugural All Ireland Teachers Golf Championship.

Former CBS students Kevin Sheehan and Mark Keenan are the driving force behind the re-establishment of the golf society.

The Cup was played for firstly in 1994 and the last one played in 2012.

The lads decided to get it back going again as a lot more people are playing golf at present and they believe that it would be a great way to catch up with old friends.

Kevin said: “We decided to rename it ‘The John Duggan Memorial Cup’ after Past Pupil and teacher John Duggan who passed away.

“I remember when I was in the CBS my father Frank gave me the cup to give to John in school as he was heavily involved in the organisation of it.

“Mark spoke with John’s family firstly and we were delighted to have the Cup named after such a popular and well respected man who loved his golf and is sadly missed by all.”

The first outing will take place Friday May 20 in The Heath Golf Club where over 60 players have put their names on the timesheet so far.

Prizes include overall winner, gross, nearest Pin, longest drive and many more.

Many local businesses and individuals have kindly offered to sponsor prizes which is greatly appreciated.

Anyone interested in playing can WhatsApp Kevin on 086-1649066. Past pupils, teachers, guests and visitors are all welcome.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.