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JP McManus hosts lavish star-studded send-off for AP McCoy


AP McCoy

AP McCoy


AP McCoy

It was a retirement party fit for a king, as Ireland's rich and famous joined horse racing legend AP McCoy for the 20-times champion jockey's ultimate send-off.

Some 2,000 guests including singer Shane Filan, businessman Dermot Desmond and Taoiseach Enda Kenny were at the five-star Adare Manor owned by McCoy's friend JP McManus.

There were also personalities from the world of racing, local hurling legends and members of the victorious Limerick hurling team of 1973.

Westlife star Nicky Byrne and TV presenter Clare Balding were also present.

Robbie Williams was there to entertain them after flying in to Shannon airport on JP's private jet. Some 300 bottles of vintage Dom Perignon flowed as guests chatted and danced over two floors of a purpose-built luxury marquee. There were said to be up to 1,200 staff on hand.

The dinner, with local specialities such as prime rib of Golden Vale beef and wild Kerry salmon, was accompanied by vintages from JP's personal collection.

A 'smart casual' dress code was requested and local hotels were booked to accommodate guests who were ferried to and from Martinstown Stud in coaches.

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Some of JP's inner circle stayed at his new palatial home. The faux-Palladian mansion at Kilmallock has an artificial lake, nine bedroom suites, an 18m pool, a 200-seat cinema and an underground car park for six cars.

The €50m, 38,372 sq ft home is set on 600 acres where his wife Noreen operates the stud and horse farm which stocks thoroughbred racehorses.

McManus is known for his generous nature and it's not surprising, given the luxury life he leads. Last year he splashed out an estimated €55m on a top-of-the-range Gulfstream G650 personal jet, the fastest civilian aircraft available.

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