Barbara Collins (b. 1930s)
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Barbara Collins (b. 1930s)


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Track 1: Her background in Dublin, her education and her work in Switzers. Meeting her husband and her marriage in 1963. Her first impressions when she arrived at Conyngham stables. Track 2: The owners she met in the early days of the business. Some of the racecourses, in particular, Tralee racecourse, that she visited in the 1960s. Track 3: The background to the name of the stud farm. Her husband Con who was a good judge of horses and an anecdotal story about some horses bought. The changes which have taken place in the industry. Track 4: Training the horses on The Curragh and explaining the ownership of The Curragh and the sheep rights. Track 5: The jockeys who rode for the stables including Pat Shanahan. She also talks about the Drogheda Memorial Fund, and her husband`s work on the Board. Track 6: What it takes to run a stud farm. Track 7: Her family in the business. The staff, the size of the firm and the numbers of horses. Betting and gambling. Track 8: A memorable day when a horse named ‘Princess Pati,’ trained by Con won the Irish Oaks in 1984 and other great successes. Her memories of good and bad years at the stud farm. Her own very special horse – ‘The Bower.’

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Audio series:

Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection


128 kbps

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48 hours

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Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore