Killeagh Point to Point – Thrills and Almost Spills!

Article By Claire O’Donoghue Photos by andrea cunningham


There was a great turnout at Mulcahy’s in Boulta for the Killeagh Point to Point on Sunday, 23 January. One of the main highlights of the day was the cool headed skills of amateur jockey, Michael Sweeney. Following an awkward landing on the last fence of the Mares Winners of 2 race, he found himself clinging to the underside of the neck of the Declan Queally trained “Ask Heather”. After a few breath-catching moments he managed, somehow, within six strides to not only land himself back in the saddle but sprint for the line and beat 10 –time point to point champion jockey, Derek O’Connor, by a clear 4 lengths. An all-time remarkable recovery and example of the skill level of both horses and riders that compete at Killeagh Point to Points and others in the locality.

Patrick and Claire Leahy, Claire Baily and Tina Dunleavy.

Other winners on the day were:

Hurley’s SuperValu Midleton 5 yo Mares Maiden – Nell’s Well

Tatterstalls Ireland 5 yo Geldings Maiden – Longhouse Poet

Gain Horse Feed 6yo+ Mares Maiden – Gold Time

Fogarty Bros Car Sales Killeagh Open – Arctic Skipper

Kennedy’s Bar Killeagh and Pegus Horse Feed 6yo Geldings Maiden – New Earth


Speaking with The East Cork Journal, Ed Keniry (committee Chairperson) said, “We were very pleased with the turnout on the day, especially given the change of venue outside the Parish for this year. It was as good racing as we’ve ever had. Plus we’ve well and truly gone international over footage of Mikey Sweeney’s miraculous recovery, which has appeared in World racing newspapers and social media sites. Mikey got a huge cheer in the parade ring after the race, and a congratulatory pat on the back from second place jockey in the race, Derek O’Connor. We would like to thank Ger and Breda Mulcahy and all the team at Boulta for a great day. Huge thanks also to the Red Cross, Dr. Evelyn McGrath and the Turf Club Doctor, our vets on hand, Conor Cashman and Walter Connors,  to all the competitors on the day, and our sponsors and supporters”.

Michael Bowen, Matt Flynn, Liz Motherway and Richard Rohan.