Racing world in mourning following the death of Kildare's Noel O'Brien

Tributes pour in for popular racing handicapper

Tommy Callaghan


Tommy Callaghan


Racing world in mourning following the death of Noel O'Brien

Noel O'Brien

The death has occured of Caragh native Noel O’Brien, Senior Racing Handicapper.

The popular racing man underwent surgery for esophageal cancer six months ago and had been in the hospital's intensive care unit ever since. He died after complications arose in recent months following the surgery

Tributes have been pouring in for Noel (57) who passed away in St James Hospital, Dublin,  during the night, described as a  man “with an enormous passion for jump racing.”

Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland, tweeted: "A light went out in Irish racing overnight with the passing of Noel O’Brien. A gentleman who always had time for people. Popular in a job where that is not easy. Passionate about National Hunt racing. A huge loss to his family, to racing and to his wide circle of friends.

Noel O'Brien's Requiem Mass will be held at Our Lady & St Joseph Church, Caragh at 10.30 on Thursday (December 21) with burial afterward at the nearby cemetery.