It’s only a short couple of years ago since Clonmel hero, Coolavanny Bingo and his handlers were given pride of place at the head of the 2016 Castleisland St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
He was accompanied through the town that day by owner, Noel Browne and his trainer, Eddie Mahony and his son Pat.
This was on foot of Bingo’s winning the sports most coveted and most glittering of prizes, the BoyleSport Irish Derby in Clonnmel at the end of January that year.
Almost incredibly, Castleisland has another Clonmel success story this year.
It comes in the form of Silent Whisper after he lit the National Coursing Finals by winning the same BoyleSports Derby in the Co. Tipperary venue on Monday.
Long, Slow Build-up
The men behind this latest All-Ireland title winning coup are: Tom Nolan and his father Timmy and Tom’s son, Marc. Mossie O’Connor is the trainer and, needless to say, Mossie Leane was part of the long, slow build-up and eventual excitement at Powerstown Park yesterday.
Different Prize in Mind
It seems that the Nolans and their team went to Clonmel with a different prize in mind but they came home with biggest the great meeting had to offer.
Castleisland has had more than its share of success at this level dows through the years.
Winning The Derby
Along with the already mentioned Noel Browne, Timmy Nolan also won ‘The Derby’ around 20 years ago and the famous Michael ‘Mickey’ Murphy won it something like seven times both as trainer and co-owner.
All the weekend’s action in Clonmel will be explained in the Irish Coursing Club News article which you can see with a click on the link here: https://irishcoursingclub.ie/news/finals-day-at-national-meeting
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