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‘I was 18 when I commentated my first horse race – my voice has changed since then’


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Racecourse commentator Jerry Hannon from Listowel, Co Kerry, says his career as the voice of Irish horse racing started out as a party piece

Horse racing commentator Jerry Hannon at Leopardstown Racecourse. Photo: Caroline Norris

‘I went to my first race meeting when I was seven years old. I was born and raised in Listowel, Co Kerry, and I went to the Listowel Races Harvest Festival every September. Birds Amusements would roll into town a week beforehand and I was like a yo-yo between the rides in the market and the racing.

It’s a week-long festival and, back then, the schools in Listowel got a half day on the Friday and then a whole week off the following week. I’d say we were the envy of every other school in Kerry.

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