This unique chronicle captures the essence of the Irish Grand National, run at Fairyhouse, telling the story of one of Ireland s best loved traditions since 1870, when it was set up by the Ward Union Hunt and records the development of its sporting heritage in the wider context of Irish history. It s told with passion, emotion and humour by those most associated with the country s richest National Hunt race, including generations of racing families such as Carberry, Dreaper, Hughes, Moore, Mullins, Taaffe, Walsh and Woods. Other contributors who share their personal accounts include Richard Dunwoody, David Elsworth, Ann Ferris, Mouse Morris and Jenny Pitman. The programme features many outstanding steeplechasers, along with those who have taken their place in Sports Folklore, like Arkle, Desert Orchid and Brown Lad among others. The eye-opening documentary examines the famous Anglo Irish rivalry. It also explores the origin of steeplechasing when two gentlemen challenged each other to a race over a distance of four and a half miles between the church steeples of Buttevant and Doneraile, Cork, Ireland, in 1752.
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