With Cheltenham in full swing this week, top Irish horse trainer Jim Bolger has called on racing enthusiasts everywhere to take a tip from him and register with Connect Ireland.
With thousands of Irish racing fans in Cheltenham today, Mr Bolger has urged them to use their horse-racing connections to help bring jobs to Ireland. Recognised as one of the racing greats in the horse racing industry, Jim Bolger of Coolcullen in County Kilkenny put legendary jockeys such as Tony McCoy, Kevin Manning and Ronan Whelan through their paces when they were apprenticed to him before gaining professional recognition in their own right. Aidan O’ Brien and Willie Mullins spent formative years with him before going on to be champion trainers.
Mr Bolger says that through horse racing he has had to travel a lot throughout his life to meet owners and customers in foreign countries and also to attend race meetings abroad.
“Horse training is an export-orientated business and it means I must travel abroad to meet owners regularly and I also travel to racecourses and so I will be keeping my eyes and ears open for Ireland during my trips abroad from now on,” he says in a short video clip on www.connetireland.com.
He points out that Pfizer might never have located operations in Cork had it not been for Vincent O’ Brien’s friendship with John Mulcahy.
“Because Vincent O’ Brien trained John Mulcahy’s horses, he ended up setting up Pfizer in Cork – that was simply a case of two Cork men getting together and doing something really worthwhile,” he says.
ConnectIreland is an incentivised jobs referral programme, which is part of the Succeed in Ireland Initiative, which was established under the Government’s 2012 Action Plan for Jobs. It is expected that the programme will lead to the creation of some 5,000 jobs within five years.
To watch the video clip of Jim Bolger on ConnectIreland log onto www.connectireland.com.