Joe Collins (b. 1949)
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Joe Collins (b. 1949)


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Track 1: Growing up in Drogheda; his interest in hunting from an early age. Track 2: His ambition to be Clerk of the Course after joining the Turf Club in 1968. Track 3: Manager of Bellewstown Racecourse for a number of years. His years as Clerk of the Course during the 1970s and 1980s, travelling to race meetings around the country. Track 4: Became Director of Laytown Races in 1974, and managed to halt its decline. Track 5: Examples of his role and responsibilities as Clerk of the Course. Track 6: A discussion of his duties as Race Starter and Clerk of the Scales. Track 7: The racecourses he particularly enjoyed. His views of the structure of the Turf Club during his tenure. Track 8: Discussed the enjoyment he took in his career and the reasons for his retirement.

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Audio series:

Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection


128 kbps

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48 hours

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6.59 MB; 7.69 MB; 2.13 MB; 9.59 MB; 7.39 MB; 8.14 MB; 11.61 MB

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Clerk of the Course

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore