MONK’S Pub on Mitchel Street in Thurles will be celebrating all this week as proprietor Michael O’Gorman’s horse ‘Away We Go’ came second in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse by only half a length.
Mr O’Gorman, who part-owns ‘Away We Go’ in a consortium with his brother Pádraig and the rest of his family, watched the 10-year old come close to winning after the last fence, only for jockey Paul Townend to be overtaken in the dying moments by the Dot Love-trained ‘Liberty Counsel’.
‘Away We Go’ (25-1) was second for trainer Willie Mullins, who won the British national at Aintree with ‘Hedgehunter’ in 2005. The nailbiting finish must have left the O’Gormans wondering at what might have been. Still, support was pouring into the Monk’s pub all this week. “We’re absolutely delighted,” Mr O’Gorman told the Tipperary Star.
One of the messages left on the pub’s facebook page reads: “No doubt this will be played over the coming weeks/years! Congratulations to Michael, Padraig and everyone involved! We’ll have to do it all again for that No. 1 spot next year!”.