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Tatts Ireland director George Mernagh dies

TATTERSALLS Ireland managing director and successful former jumps jockey George Mernagh has died following a long illness at the age of 56.

George Mernagh - Tattersalls Ireland, Managing Director

George Mernagh: joined Tattersalls Ireland following a successful career as a jumps jockey

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Mernagh was appointed to the Tattersalls Ireland board in 1999 and succeeded Liam Dunne as managing director of the auction house in July 2007.

Educated at the Rockwell AgriculturalCollege, Mernagh rode to three-star level in eventing before embarking on a successful career a jumps jockey.

Spells with V.R. Bishop, Tommy Brennan, and Ned Cash were followed by a fruitful five-year association with John Webber, three years of which were spent as stable jockey.

Mernagh told the Racing Post in 2007: "I rode for John for about five years, three of which were as stable jockey. I was lucky enough to ride Cropedy Lawn, and I won the Tattersalls Mares Only Novices' Final on Auntie Dot.

"I have some fantastic memories from those times. John was a great stock man and his horses were always great jumpers."

Mernagh also won the Midlands National aboardKnock Hill and the Peterborough Chase on Townley Stone.

Mernagh retired from the saddle in July 1989 and made a seamless transition to take up a post as bloodstock manager at Tattersalls Ireland. In all, he served 22 years with the sales company.

Mernagh was also a member of the National Hunt Committee and an acting steward with the Turf Club.

A full tribute to George Mernagh will appear in Sunday's Racing Post.





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