Joe Keeling

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Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland at the organisation’s offices in Ballymany, the Curragh, Co Kildare. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s a sunny morning on the Curragh racecourse in Co Kildare. There is no racing but, off in the distance, work riders are exercising two powerful-loo(...)

Nicky Hartery: the new chairman of Horse Racing Ireland has been appointed on a five-year term. Photograph: Eric Luke

Businessman Nicky Hartery has been appointed the new chairman of Horse Racing Ireland. Hartery is chairman of the building materials company Cement(...)

 Horse Racing Ireland chief Brian Kavanagh:  “I don’t think there will be a dip in audience or viewers.” Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As the process of finding a new chairperson for Horse Racing Ireland begins, the semi-State body’s chief executive has dismissed fears of a potential (...)

“I know people look through the white rails at the racetrack and see a sport. But to make that happen is agriculture,” said trainer Ger Lyons. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

A lecturer I once had would illustrate his point about how language can fluctuate between definition and meaning by asking us to pretend to address an(...)

Willie Mullins:  is 1-3 with Powers to claim  the new Dublin Racing Festival’s trainer title. Photograph:  Bryan Keane/Inpho

Ahead of this weekend’s inaugural €1.15 million ‘Dublin Racing Festival’ there has been a call for a fundamental rethink on how fixtures are allocate(...)

Horse Racing Ireland insists Ireland currently has one of the lowest rates of betting tax in the world. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland will continue lobbying for an increase in betting tax in 2018 despite repeated refusal by Government to do so. Frustration at th(...)

The Anti-Doping Task Force was originally set up as a response to a number of steroids controversies including that of former top trainer Philip Fenton who was disqualified from racing for three years in 2014. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan

The first meeting of racing’s reconvened Anti-Doping Task Force won’t now take place until next week when it will be chaired for the first time by the(...)

Chairman of HRI, Joe Keeling,  with Kate Harrington, Jessica Harrington, jockey Robbie Power and Emma Galway accepting horse of the year award for Sizing John who won the Horse of the Year Award the annual Horse Racing Ireland Awards   at Leopardstown Racecourse on Tuesday.  Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennells

The outgoing chairman of Horse Racing Ireland Joe Keeling has launched a stinging attack on the Government accusing it of a “baffling lack of support”(...)

Horse Racing Ireland chief Brian Kavanagh didn’t rule out a new system being in place by Christmas. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive has insisted the deadlock in negotiations between the breeding industry and the Turf Club over a proposed new d(...)

Horse Racing Ireland’s chairman has warned of the potential restrictions on the free movement of horses between the UK and the Republic after Brexit. Photograph: PA Wire

A hard Brexit could decimate Ireland’s horse racing and breeding industry, resulting in hefty tariffs on the sale of horses into the UK and restrictio(...)

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