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Statement by President Higgins on Ruby Walsh's retirement from racing

Date: Wed 1st May, 2019 | 20:47

As President of Ireland, may I send my very best wishes to Ruby Walsh on his retirement from racing. 

I have written to Ruby, to congratulate him on a remarkable and brilliant career, and to thank him for his outstanding contributions, not only to racing but also 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.

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.