Peter Duggan talks dyslexia and "rebuilding" for Clare in 2019

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

05:35 30 Apr 2019

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As Peter Duggan can attest, the Munster Championship is one of the most difficult to win.

Indeed, the 25-year-old hurler has an All-Ireland winners medal but not the provincial one yet.

An unused substitute in Clare's 2013 All-Ireland final and replay, he'll aiming to add Munster to the collection in 2019.

As the summer approaches, he joined Joe Molloy in studio to discuss 2019 and his career so far.

"This year we didn't have a great league and we were disappointed with our performance in Waterford," he said.

"It's not even the fact of losing in Waterford, but it was the fact that we played so poorly.

"It's now about rebuilding and making sure that we've got a performance."


Off the pitch, Duggan is also studying Business with Sport at Limerick IT.

"I actually just finished my thesis yesterday. While I was away at the training camp, I was tipping away at that," he said.

"I did it on the changes in the demands on inter-county players and the corresponding effect on retirement age. I did it on retired players from Clare and active players and the change of age has gone from nearly 32 to 29.

Peter Duggan, Clare Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Quarter-Final, Walsh Park, Waterford 16/3/2019
Waterford vs Clare
Clare's Peter Duggan dejected
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"But that's anticipated retirement age. You'll often find they'll keep going a lot longer. It's very hard to anticipate any actual retirement age."

Duggan also spoke about being diagnosed with dyslexia while in primary school.

Mind Maps

"It was early. It was in fourth class and then I actually moved inside to a dyslexia unit in Ennis. And it was great," he said.

"It helped me out a lot and it made me realise too that I wasn't too fond of schoolwork. But at the same time I just knew that if I wanted to get it, I just needed to work a little bit harder."

Duggan gave examples of how dyslexia manifested itself.

"[There might be the word] 'bored' and I'd see 'cored' or something as simple as that. The words just get jiggled up or I might read a word before a different word. I could look at a sum and just know it perfectly well and say a different answer or something. Simple little things like that.

"But I just realised then it was fairly simple. I just had to concentrate a little bit more, take a little bit extra time and for me to memorise things, it just takes me a little bit longer.

"Even for studying now, I'll do certain things. I'll do mind maps out and make sure that the most valuable things I learn stick in my head. Because if I read out a sentence just there, straight away if you asked me to say that sentence again, I mightn't be able to remember half the words."

He also revealed how the use of different coloured font also helped.

You can watch the full interview above via our YouTube channel.

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