STARS from the world of sport and entertainment will attend a lavish party in Adare Manor on Saturday, August 8 to mark the retirement of the man regarded as the greatest ever jump jockey, AP McCoy.
In what will be his first major party at the five-star resort since he purchased it in February for €30m, JP McManus is to host what has been billed as “dinner and dancing” at Adare Manor.
Invitations have been sent out for the soiree which is “to celebrate the career of AP McCoy”.
The jockey retired in April at the age of 40 after riding 4,348 winners in Britain and Ireland and winning 20 consecutive champion jump jockey titles.
He became the first jockey to be voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010, beating Phil Taylor and Jessica Ennis-Hill.
The County Antrim man signed up to work for JP McManus on April 15, 2004 and since then has amassed numerous coveted trophies in the green and gold South Liberties hoops.
In an interview with Leader editor, Alan English, in April, AP gave an insight into his relationship with Mr McManus.
“JP is one of those people who, when he has an idea, you know that it’s going to be good. It’s like with the Team Limerick Clean-up. He doesn’t leave you in any doubt that it’s the right thing.”
In a very short space of time Mr McManus had AP totally convinced that he should take the job with him.
“First and foremost, he’s the fairest man you could deal with – if you’re not happy or if things are not right, he would never want you do something that you’re not comfortable with. That was one of the first things he said to me – that we both had to be happy. He’s one of those people who, when he speaks, you listen. And I’m not sure I do that to everyone. As time has gone on, the more he speaks, the more I listen. I take what he has to say on board.”
While when he started off working for him, Mr McManus was his boss, AP said over the years they have developed a close bond.
“He’s more of a friend than he is a boss. I spend a lot of time with him, a lot of evenings. I speak to him on the phone more regularly than most. My wife and his wife sometimes wonder what we’re up to – sure, we have discussions about what horse is going to run where, but it doesn’t always involve racing.”
Mr McManus and his wife Noreen have hosted many a lavish party at Martinstown in the past to mark various events including family celebrations and to toast their racing success including Gold Cup and Grand National wins.