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The JP & Judy Show

posted at: 14:41

DRESSAGE AFTER participating at the World Equestrian Games in 2006 despite having emergency surgery on her appendix just three weeks earlier, Judy Reynolds’ competitiveness is unquestionable. It was the first of three WEG appearances and she has performed at three European Championships as well As someone who has driven oil tankers for her father Joe's petroleum business, Reynolds Logistics, it is clear the Kilteel, Co Kildare woman is not afraid of hard work and is not intimidated easily. She might not look it, but Reynolds is tough and will do what it takes to get where she wants to. She came late to dressage at 16, having dabbled in all the other disciplines growing up. Given that she was playing catch-up on most of her peers, she resolved to move to Germany after graduating from NUI Maynooth with a music degree. Joe has clearly been a huge influence and passed on the 'can-do' gene to his daughter. He is a bit of a petrol head himself, a keen motor racing competitor more...

On a mission to boost nation's horse power

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SHOW JUMPING (This article appeared in the Sunday Independent on August 2, 2015 - it just happens that Tipp are still playing Galway in an All-Ireland hurling semi-final and Seamie Callanan's clubmate and former hunting colleague Greg Broderick is attracting even more attention than he was 12 months ago, ahead of a winning effort in the Aga Khan Cup. Because now, he and MHS Going Global are genuine contenders for a show jumping medal at the Rio Olympics.) HORSES and hurling. The two most common pastimes in Inch, a tiny townland just outside Thurles. Right now, much of the talk centres on Seamus Callanan and James Woodlock, key members of the Tipperary panel preparing for an All-Ireland semi-final against Galway. The pair are by no means hogging the limelight though, as Greg Broderick is preparing for the Aga Khan Cup at the RDS on Friday and the European Championships in Aachen the following week. Broderick gave up a promising career at underage level with Drom & more...

Marren out for 12 weeks - Sligo boss Carew calls for national pre-season tournament

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Sligo’s hopes of securing promotion from a competitive Division 3 of the Allianz Football League have been dealt a hammer blow with the news that star forward Adrian Marren has been ruled out for the next 12 weeks to address issues with a persistent knee injury. Niall Carew will have to plan without Marren for the vast majority of the League campaign but the St Mary’s sharpshooter is expected to return to the fold in plenty of time to be ready for Championship action. Ross O’Donovan is also an absentee from the panel at present, as he takes time out to decide on his future, but there is better news in that former All-star defender, Charlie Harrison is showing no ill effects after his comeback from a knee ligament injury that ruled him out last year. Meanwhile, Carew has proposed that a national pre-season competition be established to replace the existing provincial tournaments and called for college teams not to be included. The Sligo manager is adamant that more...

Lillis hails returning Meaney and Munnelly

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New Laois manager, Mick Lillis has hailed the influence of veterans Kevin Meaney and Ross Munnelly, who have committed to another season of inter-county duty. Munnelly is the only surviving member of the last Laois team to win a Leinster championship in 2003 and has been a regular since bursting onto the scene as a teenager that term. He was Tomás Ó Flatharta’s captain last year but despite suggestions that he might call time on his career, the Arles-Kilcruise man has returned to the fold. The forward played no part in Sunday’s one-point Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup victory over UCD at Park Ratheniska but Meaney was introduced to considerable effect at the beginning of the final quarter, scoring two points. “Kevin would be a firm favourite with the Laois faithful” said Lillis on Midlands 103. “People understand and recognise what he has given to the cause over the last 10 years. “We worked very hard at getting Kevin back. We kind of nailed him down a few times more...

O'Neill to ignore Kildare hype

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New Kildare manager, Cian O’Neill insists that the expectations of the county’s passionate supporters will not have any bearing on his targets for the season ahead. As the first native to take the reins since John Crofton resigned in 2007, O’Neill is well aware of the hunger for success in Kildare. If he needed reminding, an estimated 1,800 people turned up at St Conleth’s Park last Sunday to watch his competitive debut as boss and the ovation accorded to the excellent Eoghan O’Flaherty as he was substituted late on in the 14-point defeat of DIT seemed more in keeping with a summer occasion. O’Neill takes over with the Lilywhites in Division 3 of the League but that creates its own pressures with a groundless presumption that they will return to the second tier with a 100% record. A Leinster Championship draw that has pitted them against Wexford and either Longford, Offaly or last year’s finalists Westmeath is the foundation for an expectation of reaching the more...