Sad passing of renowned Donegal athlete

The death has taken place of Hugo Duggan, Milford

Sad passing of renowned Donegal athlete

The late Hugo Duggan

The athletics community throughout Donegal will be shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of renowned athlete, Hugo Duggan from Milford.

Hugo claimed long jump gold more than 50 years ago. The Milford man went on to become one of Ireland’s best ever long jumpers.

In 1967 Hugo recorded the second longest jump by an Irish man and still holds the Ulster and Donegal record for long jump at 24 foot, two and a half inches.

Hugo, who won a total of seven national senior long jump titles and a world masters in Melbourne in 1987, was inducted into the Donegal Athletics Hall Of Fame at the annual County Board dinner at the Finn Valley Centre in 2017.

Born in October 1946, he joined Cranford AC in 1964 and as a member of the FCA he won a series of Defence Forces Championships, four-in-a-row long jump titles from 1966-69 and a 100m crown in ’66 – a double which also saw him secure the General Richard Mulcahy trophy for best overall athlete that year.

Duggan won the National Senior Long Jump titles seven times, in ’67 with Cranford; in 1970, ’71, ’72, ’74 with Clonliffe; in 1980 with Lifford and in 1984 for Finn Valley AC.

He was a senior silver medallist in 1969, 1973, 1976 and 1988 in the long jump and in 1969 he was the bronze medalist in the triple jump. He also finished second in the long jump at the inaugural Indoor Championships in 1988.

A regular international competitor, Hugo won 16 full Irish vests and his list of achievements also include World, Australian, British and European medals.

Hugo also played soccer and was a keen fly fisherman.

Hugo spent most of his working life as a driver with the Milford Bakery. For a long time he used to drive from Milford to Ballyshannon and back before his route took him to Dublin, Belfast and back.

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