Trainer John Mulhearn dies at 69
THE businessman and race horse trainer John Mulhearn died in hospital yesterday following a long illness, and shortly after making a major settlement with the taxman.
Mr Mulhearn (69) is survived by his wife, Eimear, chairman of Goffs and daughter of the late Taoiseach Charles Haughey.
The cigar smoker was a well-known face on the racing scene, and famously saddled Galmoy to glory in Cheltenham in what is now the Ladbrokes World Hurdle in both 1987 and 1988.
He was also a controversial figure and featured in the report of the inspectors into the secretive Ansbacher operation, run by the late Des Traynor, a friend of Mr Haughey.
Last Friday he was named in Iris Oifigiuil as having made a €1.4m settlement with the Revenue Commissioners.
Two years ago, he was hit with a €425,000 bill by the taxman and also settled a directors' loan row with corporate enforcer Paul Appleby.