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Saturday 27 May 2017

Racecourse to honour former minister Walsh

Lifelong racing fan and ex-minister Joe Walsh. Photo: Mark Condren
Lifelong racing fan and ex-minister Joe Walsh. Photo: Mark Condren
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A racecourse championed by the late TD Joe Walsh is to pay tribute to Europe's longest-serving agriculture minister.

Cork Racecourse in Mallow will pay a special tribute over its August Bank Holiday meeting to the Fianna Fáil politician who died two years ago.

Mr Walsh was a lifelong horse-racing fan and personally championed the redevelopment of the racecourse in Mallow in the 1990s.

The 71-year-old lost a brave battle against illness in November 2014.

Such were his achievements in office that he received the French Legion d'Honneur and the Spanish Grand Cross.

Mr Walsh served in the Department of Agriculture under three different Taoisigh. He retired from national politics in 2007.

Cork Racecourse official Mary Kelly said: "It is with great pride that we honour the memory of Joe Walsh on Monday."

Members of Mr Walsh's family will attend the special ceremony.

Irish Independent

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