Huge crowd of mourners attend McNamara removal
Published 29/07/2016 | 02:30
Trainer Joseph O'Brien and jockey Nina Carberry were among those who attended the removal of JT McNamara amid much grief.
Mourners last night filled the small church in Manister, Co Limerick, surrounded by fields owned by Qatar racing.
The removal was delayed because of the large number of mourners from the horse racing community who came to express sympathy with the renowned jockey's wife, Caroline, and their young children Dylan, Olivia and Harry.
Among them were several who had travelled from the Galway Races, with others coming from England.
JT (41) was left paralysed following a fall at Cheltenham three years ago and had suffered ill health since, with frequent admissions to hospital.
President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be represented by their ADCs at the funeral today, while the Taoiseach personally rang Caroline to express his sympathies.
JP McManus and AP McCoy attended the house earlier.
Celebrant Canon Gary Bluett described JT as a man who had been a beacon of his sport and said racing had been the passion of his life, adding: "He was a hero to many, many people."