Oisín would be a great ambassador for Killarney

Three generations: Oisín Murphy pictured in 2012 with his mum, Marie, and grandfather, Donal Culloty, who is a former chairperson of Killarney UDC.
Picture: John Reidy, Maine Valley Post

SUPERSTAR jockey Oisin Murphy is to be approached with a request to consider advertising Killarney and Kerry on his silks when he is racing, can reveal.

The 25-year old from Killarney is one of the biggest names in racing and this time last year he became British Champion Jockey, five years after being named champion apprentice.

He also won the prestigious 2000 Guineas, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes and he gained his first Group 1 victory at the 2017 Prix de l’Arc de Foret.

Killarney councillor Michael Gleeson today proposed that Kerry County Council should investigate the possibility of entering into an agreement with the 25-year-old with a view to having him advertise Killarney and Kerry on his racing attire.

Oisín’s racing legend uncle Jim Culloty

“It could and most likely would greatly enhance the visitor numbers to Killarney when tourism returns,” Cllr Gleeson said.

Oisín’s family has a long-standing link with the council as his grandfather, the late accountant Donal A Culloty, was a former chairperson of Killarney Urban District Council in the 1970s.

His uncle is legendary jockey Jim Culloty who is a three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey and rode the winner of the Aintree Grand National.

“As soon as I was old enough I starting doing pony racing and from that moment on, I knew that I wanted to be a jockey,” Oisín said in a previous interview.

When he was just 15 he worked for a summer at Tommy Stack’s yard in Tipperary and he spent much of the next summer in Ballydoyle with Aidan O’Brien.

To further his career, Oisín then moved to the UK to join up with classic winning trainer Andrew Balding and he has made remarkable progress since then to become one of the most exciting stars in racing.

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