John, Patricia, Aisling (11) and Ronan Dwan (8) with Nonnetia, the dam of Grand National 'One For Arthur' pictures in Bennettsbridge as they celebrate a historic win for one of their mare's progeny
As 'One For Arthur' came over the last fence in front at the end of the Aintree Grand National on Saturday, a Kilkenny family were shouting him on more than any other.
John Dwan, the man who bred the
Not since the
Meanwhile, in the field behind Dwan's house, One for Arthur's mother,
She is in foal to the top sire in these islands, Kayf Tara, a son of the legendary, Sadler's Wells. Going on the success of One For Arthur and two other horses by the same parents (
However, the success comes after 30 years of breeding and investing at Ballyreddin Stud.
One For Arthur's mother is 14 years of age and has five or six more years breeding in her. John Dwan displayed incredible shrewdness in buying the mare as a
Fellow Bennettsbridge man and Mayor of Kilkenny city, Cllr Patrick O'Neill said the win underpinned the value of the horse industry to Kilkenny and the region.
"This highlights the incredible work done by people like John and it is a testament to his genius and devotion that the city and county