Dick O’Sullivan (b. 1930s)
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Dick O’Sullivan (b. 1930s)


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Track 1: His background growing up in Tralee and his education there. Veterinary college. His marriage to Carmel Green in 1963. Track 2: Being Head of Veterinary Services for Kerry in 1983 having worked as an Inspector and Superintendent in the veterinary industry. Changing direction from the public to the private sector. Developing new skills in choosing good people to work for him when he joined Kerry Group. Moving to five different positions within the company. Track 3: Being posted to Mexico and Brazil, taking charge of a new operation for Kerry Group. Returning home in 2000, being appointed by Horse Racing Ireland as a consultant to Leopardstown Racecourse. Track 4: Appointed Chief Executive of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing. Moving to Punchestown Racecourse in 2002 and his role as Managing Director. A description of the rescue strategy put in place. Track 5: The historical importance of Punchestown, which is home to National Racing and the National Hunt Festival. Its running over the years. Track 6: An explanation of how Punchestown Racecourse is a self-funding commercial operation. The staff who work there. Track 7: A discussion on Punchestown Racecourse, and its operation as a commercial enterprise. Track 8: His Non-Executive Chairmanship of Bord na gCon, and the great challenges he faced in its reorganisation. Limerick greyhound track and its commercial operation is discussed. Track 9: Irish Thoroughbred Marketing and its work in promoting the sale of Irish thoroughbreds. Track 10: The high points and the challenges faced in his career.

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Audio series:

Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection


128 kbps

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48 hours

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Racecourse managing director

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore