Norman Colfer (b. 1928)
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Norman Colfer (b. 1928)


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Track 1: Childhood in Wexford, graduated from Trinity College Dublin. Discussed the privileged lifestyle a gentleman enjoyed at that time. Track 2: His introduction to auctioneering, his apprenticeship with Smith Griffin in Dawson Street, Dublin, then moving to J. C. Brady cattle sales in Kells, Co. Meath. Track 3: Recalls his first wife, Vera Heywood Jones. Track 4: His enthusiasm for attending race meetings. In 1968, became manager of Fairyhouse racecourse, a post he held for twenty years; his role in this position. Track 5: The challenge of securing sponsorship for the racecourse; the Irish Grand National sponsored for the first time in 1970, becoming the Irish Distillers Grand National. Recalled the fencemen during his tenure. Track 6: The introduction of corporate sponsorship, which changed the nature of racing, and subsequently required the building of a new stand with private boxes at Fairyhouse. Track 7: The background of the Irish Racecourse Association, and becoming Secretary of this body. Track 8: The turbulent years of his auctioneering career in Goffs.

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Audio series:

Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection


128 kbps

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48 hours

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5.13 MB; 6.94 MB; 9.90 MB; 8.32 MB; 4.30 MB; 14.91 MB; 13.73 MB; 8.28 MB

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The auctioneering business

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore