Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of 21-year-old apprentice jockey Ronan Lawlor who was tragically killed yesterday morning while riding out at trainer Pat Fahy's County Carlow yard, where he had begun riding many years ago.
The Leiglinbridge native was apprenticed to trainer David Wachman last season and was back at Fahy's to pursue a career as a jump jockey before his life was cut short yesterday morning after a freak accident.
Lawlor, who is survived by his parents John and Helena, brothers Gavin, Conor and Cathal and sister Aoife, was attempting to pull up a horse who had bolted on the gallops when the horse jinked to go in a different direction and threw Lawlor off into a timber stake.
Fahy said: "The horse was just finishing a piece of work and as Ronan was pulling him up, he jinked out to the right to try and go in a different direction.
"The two of them had a bit of a battle as Ronan tried to get him back on track, but the horse just took off and Ronan came off the side and hit a timber stake.
"It all happened very fast and within a few seconds I was running over to try and help him. The ambulance came quickly and it is just very hard to take. He's been riding out for me since he was a kid and was part of a lovely family."
Fahy added: "His brother Gavin used to ride out for me and now works for Jim Bolger and I'd quite often meet up with the family down at the local pub. It's devastating for everyone."
Cliff Noone of the Turf Club said: "The Irish Turf Club would like to offer its deepest sympathies to his parents and siblings. This is clearly a tragic accident and our thoughts are with his family."