Monday 21 October 2019

NUIG honour for Bolger at Festival

WEXFORD horse racing hero Jim Bolger is to receive an honorary degree during the Galway horse racing festival on July 30.

NUI Galway said it was proud to honour the leading Wexford horse racing trainer and breeder, who will be conferred with the degree along with another celebrated Irish horse trainer and breeder, Dermot Weld.

'They have distinguished themselves as breeders, trainers and leaders of the sport and in doing so have burnished Ireland's global reputation as a centre of the equine industry,' a spokesperson said.

Now 71 years of age, Jim Bolger is revered for nurturing champion racehorses in his yard.

He left his job in finance at the age of 35 to begin his career with horses in a training yard in Clonsilla.

The farmer's son has nurtured many winners such as 'Give Thanks', which 30 years ago secured him a first classic victory in the Irish Oaks.

Since moving to Coolcullen's Glebe House in Co. Kilkenny in 1982 he has developed one of the most acclaimed and sophisticated private training centres in the world.

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