Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

World of horse racing bids farewell to legend Paddy Mullins

Personalities from the horse-racing world will come together today to bid farewell to a 91-year-old legendary trainer.

The funeral Mass of Paddy Mullins takes place this morning at 11am in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Goresbridge, Co Kilkenny.

Mr Mullins -- who had a 52-year career in the business -- died peacefully at his home on Thursday morning.

His wife Maureen and daughter Sandra looked heartbroken at his removal Mass last night as they followed the remains of a "devoted husband and father" into the church.

Fr Larry Malone led prayers at the Mass which was also attended by Mr Mullin's son, champion trainer Willie Mullins.

Mr Mullins's other two sons, Tom and George, also paid respects to their father.

Mr Mullins was described as a "family man" who put his children first.

His success was unrivalled for many years, while he trained high-class jumpers and flat horses.

And his feats included a win with Flash Parade -- the horse who took the La Touche Memorial Cup at Punchestown in 1953.

He also enjoyed success with Dawn Run, and the mare was the only horse to have won the Champion Hurdle (1984) and the Gold Cup (1986) at the Cheltenham Festival.

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