Renowned Kilkenny horse breeder and owner, Ned Morrissey laid to rest

Sean Keane


Sean Keane


Racing world pays tribute to owner of Castlekelly leader

The late Ned Morrissey

A renowned Kilkenny horse owner and breeder whose colours raced to victory in Ireland and England was laid to rest on Tuesday.
Ned Morrissey, Castlekelly, Gowran passed away in St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny over the weekend after a long illness.
He was hugely respected within the racing world and that was reflected in the crowds at his funeral in Goresbridge.
As a breeder, he was a very shrewd judge, creating a great breeding line.
He was a true Kilkrnny man and all his horses ran in the black and amber colours.
He developed a great partnership with his late friend Paddy Mullins, Doninga, Gowran and they had winners in Cheltenham, Punhestown, Fairyhouse and at the Listowel Harvest Festival meeting where his charge, Doubtful Venture won the 1985 Kerry National.
All four of Paddy Mullins’ sons - George, Willie, Tony and Tom - rode winners for him and that is a feat that was never equalled.
Among his most famous horses were Castlekelly Leader which had great success and was named after the townland where he farmed and bred horses.
The gelding won four hurdle races for Ned and Paddy Mullins in 1996 including the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle over two and half miles at the Punchestown festival and the Grade 2 Jameson Gold Cup Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
Other multiple winning horses that he owned and bred included Fota Island and Black Jack Ketchum.
Ned was predeceased by his wife Bridie and is survived by his sons Michael, Tom and Jimmy; daughters Breda (Flood); Mary (Finn) and Bernadette (Campbell); brothers John and Moling; sisters Mary (Fogarty) and Breda (Kealy), sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.