Monday 19 March 2018

Racing mourns death of Healy

Liam Healy, the popular patriarch of the Healy racing photography dynasty, has sadly died following a long illness.

A minute's silence was observed at Roscommon yesterday as a mark of respect to a man who touched the lives of so many within the racing world. Father of Pat and Liam Jnr, who continue the family business' tradition of attending every race meeting, point-to-point and pony racing fixture in the country, the Kerry native's passing yesterday prompted a heartfelt reaction on social media.

"Sad news today of the passing of Liam Healy, one of racing's true gentlemen," tweeted former champion jockey Paul Townend, whose sentiments were echoed by many. "Always had time for everyone & greeted you with a smile. R.I.P"

Healy will today repose at Liam Jnr's residence, 32 Knockroe Drive, Clieveragh, Listowel from 5pm to 8pm. His funeral will take place tomorrow at 11.30am at St Mary's Church, Listowel, with Burial afterwards in St Michael's Cemetery, Listowel. Donations to the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund.


World No 2 side Netherlands turned on the style at the Mardyke last night as they beat travel weary Ireland 7-2.

The Cork crowd was treated to a goal rush after a scoreless first quarter but it was the home side mostly on the receiving end.

Just back from Spain after five tight matches at the six-nations event in Valencia, Ireland looked competitive for long stretches.

Chris Cargo's opportunist effort following up John Jermyn's initial shot kept them in contention just 2-1 behind at the break.

But the men in the orange strip knocked in three goals in as many minute after the turnaround and then Valentin Varga took the credit for what was in reality a John Jackson own goal.

Jackson sallied out of defence to knock in a defiant late solo effort before the last word fell to Jorrit Kroon, the 17-year-old sensation Ireland are due to meet once more at the Olympics.

The second in the Fexco Ireland v Netherlands series takes place tomorrow at the same venue.

Irish Independent

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