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By Margaret Lantry and Jane O’Keeffe, was published in late November 2012. This lavishly illustrated book is based on interviews with trainers, jockeys, breeders and other involved with Ireland’s horse racing industry. €5 from the sale of each book will be contributed to the Jockeys Accident Fund (in Ireland).
Irish Life & Lore proundly presents our latest publication Racing Reflections – The Lives and Times of Irish Racing People, supported by Horse Racing Ireland. This book contains a selection of 25 profiles based on interviews carried out by Maurice O’Keeffe for the Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection. The highly illustrated profiles included are Alan Lillingston, Barbara Collins, Cahir O’Sullivan, Francis Flood, Jacqueline O’Brien, Jim Berney, Clem Magnier, Johnny Kierans, Luke Mullins, John Burns and Rosaleen Tonson Rye, Marguerite Weld, Dermot Weld, Michael Kinane, Norman Colfer, Mick O’Toole, Phonsie O’Brien, Christopher Gaisford-St Lawrence, Sonia Rogers, Stan Cosgrove, Tunney Galvin, Valentine Lamb, William Robinson, Tommy Murphy, Paddy Woods, Betty Galway-Greer.
From the back cover: ‘Within the covers of Racing Reflections – The Lives and Times of Irish Racing People, the life experiences of twenty-five extraordinary people are narrated in their own unique voices. Tales of energetic and purposeful youth are recounted, followed by both positive and negative experiences of the complicated world of the horse breeder, trainer, jockey and owner. Good days and bad are recalled, and the excitement and the thrill of winning is lived once again in vivid memory.’
‘Racing is in the blood of the Irish people, a passion which passes through the generations with ease, and which continues to produce world leaders in breeding, training and racing. The Irish landscape is uniquely suited to horse breeding, but it is the human factor which sets us apart, with a horse sense that ranges from basic good husbandry to an almost mystical identity with the thoroughbred racehorse. The stories within these pages are a gateway into that remarkable world, told with generosity and openness, capturing a past which has led us to our modern position as a world leader in the most interesting sport and industry of them all.’
207pp. 142 colour and black/white photographs. By Margaret Lantry and Jane O’Keeffe. Foreword by Denis Brosnan, Chairman, Horse Racing Ireland. €5 from the sale of each book will be contributed to the Jockeys Accident Fund (in Ireland).
The Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection – 46 interviews available for purchase now.