Duignan’s raw and inspirational story brought to book

DESCRIBED as an honest, engaging, raw, and inspirational story, Michael Duignan will launch his autobiography ‘Life, Death & Hurling’ this Thursday evening, October 27 in the Tullamore Court Hotel at 8pm.

DESCRIBED as an honest, engaging, raw, and inspirational story, Michael Duignan will launch his autobiography ‘Life, Death & Hurling’ this Thursday evening, October 27 in the Tullamore Court Hotel at 8pm.

Published by Irish Sports Publishing and co-written by Irish Mirror journalist and Tullamore native Pat Nolan, a large gathering is expected for the launch.

As a two-time All Ireland SHC medal winner with Offaly in the 1994 & ‘98, and as RTE’s co-commentator for the All-Ireland Hurling Championship for the past decade, Michael Duignan is one of the most respected individuals in Irish sport. And in ‘Life, Death & Hurling’ he tells two incredible stories.

One is the story of a young man who devoted the best years of his teenage and adult life to becoming a champion on the hurling fields.

The second story recounts how his wife, Edel, battled with an aggressive form of cancer for eight years of her life, showing incredible courage and humour and passion for life, before ultimately succumbing to her illness in September 2009.

When Edel Duignan died, she left behind a husband and two sons, Brian and Seán.

In the warts and all story, 1998 All Star winner Duignan examines his marriage to Edel; his failures and successes as a husband; the emotional roller-coaster which threatened to destroy his life in the months before, and the year after, Edel’s passing; his socialising, his anger, and the violence which became part and parcel of his life and the turning point, which has allowed him to control his life, and continue that life on a whole new journey with his two sons.

Michael Duignan’s autobiography affords sports fans the opportunity to see, up close, that what happens on the field of play is not really a matter of ‘life and death’ – as so many of the outstanding managers in world sport insist it to be!