Friday 20 July 2018

Tributes after jockey Laura (25) loses cancer battle two days before wedding

Talented Irish jockey Laura Barr
Talented Irish jockey Laura Barr

Ian Begley

A young Irish jockey has lost her battle with cancer just two days before she was due to get married.

Laura Barry (25) from Limerick died on Thursday night from a lengthy illness that left her paralysed from the hip down.

The talented rider, who represented Ireland on numerous occasions, was supposed to get married to fellow jockey Ben Hamilton this morning.

However, Ms Barry tragically succumbed to her illness, which has left the riding community reeling with grief.

A former apprentice to Richard Fahey, she moved to England in 2010 to pursue a career in the saddle. Her riding career highlights include representing Ireland in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak World Apprentice Series in San Francisco, and winning the Prolinx Ladies Silver Championship for the highest strike rate in a season.

A Gofundme page was set up for Ms Barry last January and has since raised more than €46,000.

Mr Fahey was fighting back the tears after his horse Zap came first in the Silver Bunbury Cup at Newmarket yesterday.

"She was a wonderful girl and will be truly missed. She was loved by everyone. She was a very tough girl, but had been suffering for a long time. She was just such a star and never complained."

Irish Independent

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