What could be better on St. Patrick’s Day

…than a fan story that makes its way straight from Ireland?


This one came to us just this morning from Duncan Purcell, who met “the man himself” last summer during Ben’s trip to Ireland and Scotland!


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Me, Duncan Purcell posing with The Legend!

I am a PGA Golf Professional at Ballybunion Golf Club, Ireland. Last spring on a quiet afternoon, I was in our Pro Shop and in walked Ben and 3 of his buddies. We don’t get much NFL here in Ireland, but I had followed Ben and his Steelers team from their Super Bowl run and win from the previous year. It’s always enjoyable meeting top sports people and personalities.

I had a brief exchange with his golfing partners, and then plucked up the courage to ask Ben for a hand shake. He was very obliging so I asked for a photo with him and he had no problem with this. I’ve met many personalities in my job but I have to say that Ben is so approachable and down to earth.

I have relatives in the States that are HUGE Steelers fans and they were just as happy as I was to meet the man himself.

Great guy. And I shall forever be a fan of his. He’s always welcome back to Ireland, and especially Ballybunion! — Duncan Purcell, County Kerry, Ireland


You can read more fan stories from Ben’s trip to Ireland and Scotland here, here and here!


Thank you so much, Duncan! And a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of Steeler Nation!


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