Ireland’s racing community is in shock tonight after the death of a young jockey following what has been described as a ‘freak accident’ at the Rossbeigh Strand races in Kerry.
The incident happened during the fifth race on the card around 5 p.m. tonight.
According to those present, the teenager’s horse ‘tripped badly’ sending its rider into the tide before falling on top of him. It is understood that the emergency services did their best to resuscitate the youngster, but he died at the scene.
The deceased is a member of one of the best-known families in the race.
Today’s race was immediately scrapped, with tomorrow’s card also cancelled.
“It had nothing to do with the conditions,” said one onlooker, responding to suggestions that bad weather might have played a part in the tragedy.
“The rain had died down, although there was a huge downpour just before that,” they said.
“This is the greatest tragedy of all, a nightmare for any family,” they added.
A Garda spokesman confirmed that the gardaí and emergency services responded to reports of an incident at Rossbeigh Beach in County Kerry around 5.20pm.
“A teenage male was treated at the scene following the incident but was later pronounced deceased,” the spokesperson said.
They added that the young man’s body had been taken to the mortuary at Kerry University Hospital in Tralee.
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