Luke Mullins (b. 1922)
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Luke Mullins (b. 1922)


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Track 1: Growing up in Doninga, Co. Kilkenny, during the economic war in the 1930s; followed by the years of ‘the Emergency.’ Track 2: His decision to join the Irish Army, stationed in Curragh camp; the individuals who were detained there for the duration. Track 3: The army horses which were stabled at the Curragh. Membership of the Naas Harriers and memories of hunting events. Track 4: On leaving the army, being offered the position of Secretary of Galway racecourse, where he was to remain for twenty years, moving to management; his work to improve the racecourse. Recalling the ownership of the land in Ballybrit and the names of staff members of the time. Track 5: Sourcing funding for the improvement of the racecourse; financial challenges of the early days. Track 6: His observation that his army experience conferred the discipline which he applied to his work. Working closely with Lord Killanin, who was chairman of Galway racecourse at the time. Attracting the top National Hunt horses to the Galway Races. Anecdotes of the tradition of turf accountants at the races.

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Audio series:

Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection


128 kbps

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48 hours

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6.56 MB; 21.55 MB; 24.53 MB; 11.51 MB

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Part 1 – Racecourse Manager

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore