Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Michael Chester
Retirement

President Higgins thanks Ruby Walsh for 'outstanding contributions' to Ireland's reputation

The president wrote to Walsh to wish him a successful retirement.

PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has congratulated Ruby Walsh on a “remarkable and brilliant” career after the jockey announced his retirement this evening.

There was emotional scenes at Punchestown Racecourse as Walsh revealed that he is retiring from racing after he rode the Willie Mullins-trained Kemboy to victory at the Punchestown Gold cup.

President Higgins released a statement saying he has written to Walsh to congratulate the 39-year-old on his career and to thank him for his “outstanding contributions” to racing and to Ireland’s reputation abroad.

“Since he first came to prominence through his win in the Grand National 19 years ago, Ruby has ridden more horses to victory than any rider in modern history and his track record, a veritable testament to Ruby’s talent, skill and determination, will take some time to beat,” he said.

May I also use this opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of Ruby’s family, both in their role as supporters of Ruby’s and in their own right, through their outstanding contributions to horse racing.

“As Ruby commences a new chapter in his life, I would like to thank him for representing Ireland so well and wish him every success in your future endeavours,” the president added.

Walsh had more than 2,500 winners in his glittering 24 year career. He was the Irish champion jockey 12 separate times and has more successes at the Cheltenham Festival than any other rider in history. 

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
26
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel