Tony Sweeney dies aged 81

Tue 4th Dec 2012, 11:22

photoTony Sweeney Renowned racing journalist and historian Tony Sweeney passed away last night aged 81.

He had been taken to St James's Hospital in Dublin last week following a heart attack.

Sweeney was Irish racing correspondent of the Daily Mirror for 42 years and worked as a tipster for The Irish Times since 1988.

He was also a familiar face as part of RTE television's racing team, having been a broadcaster for 35 years.

Might Bite To Prove His Worth Next Season

There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.

THE IRISH TIMES