Neil McGrath (b. 1956)
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Neil McGrath (b. 1956)


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Track 1: The background to the McGraths; memories of his grandfather, Joe. Track 2: Reminiscences of his father and his uncles, all of whom were involved in the buying of Brownstown Stud Farm in 1939. Memories of the stable hands who worked there. Track 3: Background to the Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes set up by his grandfather, Joe, and the benefits of this to horseracing. Track 4: Early memories of his childhood, and later becoming involved in the family business, serving his time with his uncle, Seamus. Track 5: Moving to America, where he worked as an assistant trainer until 1982, when he returned home. Explained the change of ownership of Brownstown Stud, and its eventual sale. Track 6: The sport of horseracing and betting. Recalled his mother’s family and memories of his aunts.

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Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection


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48 hours

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6.96 MB; 11.07 MB; 7.43 MB; 8.86 MB; 9.41 MB; 10.53 MB

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The Irish Sweepstakes and a life working with horses

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore