Touching gesture made to Limerick jockey JT

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

JT McNamara is now being treated at the spinal unit of the Mater Hospital
AS donations continue to pour in for a sell-out concert in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund in Knockainey this Friday night, one kind-hearted individual has made their own touching gesture of goodwill towards Limerick jockey, JT McNamara.

AS donations continue to pour in for a sell-out concert in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund in Knockainey this Friday night, one kind-hearted individual has made their own touching gesture of goodwill towards Limerick jockey, JT McNamara.

A listener to the Breakfast with Hector radio show on 2FM has penned a poignant letter to the presenter expressing their sadness on learning of the Croom man’s injury and their wish to help in some small way.

A donation of €100 – made up of two €50 notes – was enclosed within. “Sorry, it’s not much, but I’m unemployed and just about meeting my mortgage,” the letter reads. “I’m not sure if there will be a fund set up, but I felt the urge to do something. I am sending a donation of €100 to you because you will probably know where to send it,” it continues.

JT McNamara, a leading amateur jockey, was left seriously injured when he fell from his mount, Galaxy Rock, at the first fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. He was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol where he continues to receive treatment.

“The only other thing I can do is say an odd prayer for him and his family,” concludes the letter which is simply signed with two initials.

Popular radio presenter, Hector, – himself a keen horse-racing fan – took to the online social media site, Twitter, this Wednesday to express his gratitude for the kind gesture.

“There is still a lot of decent people in Ireland,” he tweeted.

Members of the racing community in Limerick have been keeping the Limerick jockey very much in their thoughts and prayers since he suffered the serious fall and resulting neck injury on March 14.

According to Frankie Ward who is involved in the organisation of a fundraising concert this weekend in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund, the gesture by the listener was very kind.

JT, she said, continues to do well. JT’s parents, John and Kathleen, his uncle Andrew, and his brother Aonghus were with him on Monday to mark his 38th birthday.

“He is still very upbeat, as we all are,” Frankie commented.

The fundraising concert which takes place in St John’s Church in Knockainey this Friday night, Frankie said is a “total sell-out”.

Former jockey, David O’Connor, a native of Ferns, County Wexford, will perform with his three piece band with all proceeds going towards assisting injured jockeys across the country.

“I have received lots of donations from people who can’t come or who are out of the country but who are supporting it,” Frankie explained.