Anniversary of racing hero’s Grand National win to be marked in Donegal

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The 25th anniversary of horse trainer Terry Casey’s biggest achievement is set to be remembered near his hometown in Downings in 2021.

Casey, who passed away in 2001, was widely celebrated in 1996 when his horse Rough Quest (pictured above) won at Aintree.

Plans are now underway to enshrine this event into local history, after Councillor Michael McBride gained the backing of the Letterkenny Municipal District to mark the 25 year anniversary.

It is not yet decided how Casey will be memorialised in Downings. However, Cllr McBride said the project would begin by liaising with the Casey family.

Cllr McBride suggested that the council could mark a four mile point on the Downings to Carrigart path in a reflection of the length of the Grand National handicap steeplechase. He also suggested erecting a memorial statue of the horse and trainer in honour of Casey.

Cllr Ciaran Brogan added his support to the idea, commenting that the memorial could have the potential to be seen as a tourist attraction.

Rachel McLaughlin is the editor of our sister site, DonegalWoman.ie.

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