The late Sean Micks, pictured with his wife Breda
THE DAUGHTER of the late equine talent scout, Limerick's Sean Micks has led tributes to the popular racing enthusiast, who was recently laid to rest.
The Crecora man died peacefully at Milford Care Centre last Tuesday, aged 76, and was laid to rest at Mount St Lawrence on Thursday.
Sean, an Ennis native, was well-known within the racing community for his ability to spot up- and- coming horses at the Point to Points and arrange promising sales for clients.
His most notable was Royal Stag, who won eight races and came second at the Queen Mother championship at Cheltenham Races in 1989.
His daughter Anne, from Raheen, said it was through his contacts in his final months that a significant amount of funds were raised to allow his granddaughter Ciara receive life-saving neurosurgery in Barcelona this month.
“What I loved most about my dad, is how much he loved and adored my mum. He gave her breakfast in bed for the last 47 years, practically up until he went into Milford. That’s the type of man he was. Sometimes you could say something out loud that you liked a certain item, and the next day he would appear with it. That’s just the type of man he was. Dad didn’t believe in the word ‘can’t’. It wasn’t in his vocabulary,” she said.
She told the Leader that Sean “loved nothing more than going around looking for horses for trainers either here or in the UK”.
She said she was “very lucky” to have a close relationship with her father, whom she described as “incredibly calm” and was “generous with his time with friends and sometimes strangers”.
“I lost count at the funeral at the number of people who mentioned that dad had helped them or one of their family at some point,” she said.
Anne said because of Sean’s experience with Jury’s Hotel he was “the consummate host”.
“Words cannot express the grief and pain we feel at the loss of this wonderful man who looked after all of us.”
Sean is beloved husband of Breda. Dearly loved father of Anne and adored grandad to Ciara. Sadly missed by his loving sister Bridge (Nevin), brother-in-law Paddy, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. May he rest in peace.