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Injured Jockeys Fundraiser

Weds 2nd August 2017

To celebrate the life of renowned jockey John Thomas McNamara who sadly passed away during last year's Galway Race Week, the g Hotel & Spa are joining forces with the Irish Injured Jockey Fund to host an event to increase awareness of the Irish Injured Jockeys fund and to raise much needed funds to help Irish jockeys and their families.

The fundraising event will take place on Wednesday 2nd August in the g Hotel & Spa from 8pm immediately after the racing at Ballybrit. For just €10 entry which will be donated to the Injured Jockey Fund, attendees will enjoy great music, tasty finger food sponsored by the g Hotel and an opportunity to win a fantastic range of prizes. An auction will take place for larger prizes as well as a raffle with all proceeds raised donated directly to the Irish Injured Jockey Fund.

“We are delighted to be working with the team at the g Hotel & Spa for this Galway Race Week event. They are kindly sponsoring the venue, the entertainment and all finger food for the evening. Their support will ensure we raise as much funds as possible” said Michael Higgins General Manager of the Irish Injured Jockeys.

To help raise much needed funds for our Irish jockeys, please join the Irish Injured Jockey Fund at the g Hotel & Spa on Wednesday 2nd August. The fundraising event will begin at 8pm immediately after the racing in Ballybrit and attendees can avail of the coach service from the racecourse direct to the g Hotel.

For advance tickets to the JT McNamara Memorial Event, please contact Suzanne Meade at the g Hotel on or 091 778467

JT McNamara was acclaimed as one of the leading Irish amateur jockeys of our generation. A Limerick man who rode all the way to the top of his sport, John had 600 plus point to point wins and many track winners many of whom were for JP McManus. He was just 41 when passed away last year, three years after being left paralysed from a horrific fall in 2013. JT's courage following his accident and that of his family was an inspiration to many both within and outside racing. He is survived by his wife Caroline and children, Dylan, Harry and Olivia.

The Irish Injured Jockey Fund was set up in 2014 following JT Namara's accident by jockeys to help jockeys and their families in such circumstances. Its mission is to increase awareness and raise vital funds to support injured Irish jockeys and their families. Funds raised through Irish Injured Jockeys go to the injured riders who are in most need of support. The Board and management of the Irish Injured Jockeys are an innovative driving force in drawing public attention to the need for enhanced care, rehabilitation and welfare of jockeys, past and present. 

 Stats and Facts

  • 1 in 20 Irish jockeys will experience a fall in their career
  • 1 in 4 of these falls will result in an injury
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