We believe being both gives us the distinct advantage of in-house expertise to create and deliver truly exceptional design.
We believe light is integral to the architectural and human experience, but is also little understood and poorly designed. As a profession, Worldwide, we can do better. Since our very beginnings we have pushed boundaries. Continuing this tradition, we aim to change how light as an artform is viewed through the innovation of new techniques, solutions and products.
We believe our culture of change, our diversity of expertise, our structure of continued education, exploratory design and the professionalism of our supply put us in an unrivalled position to do this.
Willie Duggan, our grandfather, set up his lighting and electrical business in 1935 at a time when electricity was in its infancy in Ireland. He fostered a love of design working in Kilkenny Design workshops, which in the 50’s brought creators together from all over Europe.
His son, our father, also Willie Duggan, worked for the family business while playing rugby for both Ireland and the Lions. Always looking forward on retirement from sport, he and his wife Ellen grew the company into the largest designer lighting supplier in the country. Forever thinking differently, they were the first in the country to introduce lighting design, bespoke lighting and to import designer brands from Europe.
Now the business is in its third generation, run by Monica and Willie Duggan, and just like the previous two, we pride ourselves on our difference.
Willie grew up in the family business, stacking boxes, wiring fittings and making deliveries. He went on to study engineering and then lighting design. After working as a lighting designer in London he returned to lead our design team. You can also find Willie chasing a ball round the rugby pitch, at a gig or threading the boards on stage.
Monica grew up with a screwdriver & bulb in her hands before she started to 'hassle' the boss! After gallivanting around the world & getting an education she worked in all areas of the business, and was a natural fit for Sales. She does her best thinking struggling up a mountain, hiking a trail or beating herself up in the gym!
Helena is our Creative Director and a stickler for Gotham medium and Pantone 021 on all things Willie Duggan. In her spare time she's a children's writer. Her first book A Place Called Perfect was published to great success in August 2017.
Kate is your typical design junkie who loves all things marble and brass. She works closely with our clients developing relationships, which allows her to make as many brunch meetings as possible. If not found running around Dublin she'll be back in Kilkenny collecting her online clothing parcels.
Grainne has a passion for Art, Design and current trends. An NCAD graduate in Visual Culture, she brings her creative and aesthetic training to every table and always thinks outside the box. Grainne's a trill seeker with a superhero cape ready to tackle any and every challenge. When a friend once told her she lived in a fantasy land she almost fell off her unicorn.
Dave works on all aspects of lighting design and is the go to guy for lighting calculations, technical info and all those pesky details which can make or break a project. He is an avid motorsport fan and is forever playing with the latest gadgets. Dave comes recommended by 4 out of 5 people that recommend things.
Carol-Ann fell into the world of design and hasn’t looked back. In her spare time, she likes to utilise her creativity by experimenting with photography Carol-Ann's favourite way to unwind in the evening is watching videos of puppies.
Armed with her design degree she likes to help people work through their aesthetic to find the perfect lighting for their space. She's a talker and can regularly be found stopping to chat around Kilkenny. Madeleine also has a keen interest in swimming, you can find her in a pool teaching aspiring youngsters. She also a big fan of cats and insists 20 isn't too much.
John is our our resident technical expert. The first call for challenging projects and always there when things don’t go to plan. When he is not in the office he can often be found fishing on the river Nore or heading to a rock concert. He does play the odd round of golf but would like to play more.
Sarah is the Head of Retail at Willie Duggan & passionate about offering a great customer experience. Sarah studied Retail Management in London & worked with a range of design companies. A design junkie who doesn’t think spending a small fortune on anything she deems a design classic as extravagant, but she usually removes a zero when asked exactly what it cost.