THE mother of a promising young jockey from Innishannon who tragically died following a fall at a point- to-point took part in a charity event to raise funds for Irish injured jockeys.
Mary Tyner – whose son Jack (19) died in CUH six days after falling at a point-to-point in Dungarvan in 2011 – recently took part in The Corinthian Challenge Charity Race series and rode in her final race of the series.
She committed to this event several months ago and it involved a great deal of training and preparation.
‘It has been a wonderful experience and we have ridden at The Curragh Racecourse, Cork Racecourse Mallow and Leopardstown Racecourse and we have made great friends along the way,’ said Mary.
‘I would like to thank my family and friends for their support throughout the challenge and everyone who has helped me along the way especially those who have donated what they could to my €10,000 fundraising target. ‘Irish Injured Jockeys (IIJ) is a really great cause and I am thrilled to be able to support them by participating in this amazing challenge.’
Chair of IIJ, retired champion jump jockey, Ruby Walsh said it takes a ‘driven and committed person to sign up for it.’ ‘Mary has been a pleasure to work with and the team and I at IIJ are most grateful for her efforts,’ he said.
Last month Mary and her family took a High Court action against both the HSE and CUH over the death of Jack, whose father is the well-known horse trainer Robert Tyner. They said Jack received substandard care while at CUH and while the HSE admitted fault in the end they did not admit caution. The HSE gave a written apology to the Tyner family as part of the settlement action taken against the HSE and CUH. Mr Justice Hanna approved the sum on offer in settlement of the action.