Hundreds of well-wishers, spectators and supporters lined Barry's Lane and Green Park in Youghal on Friday, 21 April to welcome the golden team of champion jockey Davy Russell and his mount, the little horse that could (twice), “Tiger Roll”.
The atmosphere in Green Park was electric and building steadily with each passing moment as the crowd waiting for sight of the Gordon Elliot horse box. On his arrival into the park, and through the sectioned-off path, local radio station CRY104fm blasted “Eye of the Tiger” over the speakers and Tiger Roll sashayed, like the champ he is, with Davy and his attendants beside him. Credit must be given to Tiger Roll's grooms and handlers who had his coat brushed and polished to a high shine, and there wasn't as much as scuff on a hoof or a dot of mud on a horse shoe. People lined the railing to queue up for photographs of the champion pair and to hold the Cup. It was a real pride in the community event. Great to see Green Park in use again also, a lovely setting which has hosted many community events over the years.
Davy's enormous successes come along with the white horses of a wave that Youghal has been surfing steadily That wave will continue as Ironman approaches, the streetscape improvements are well underway, the tourist success of the Clock Gate Tower and St. Mary's Collegiate Church, the addition and extension of the Boardwalk, and plans for Greenway.