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mane event Grand National winner Rachael Blackmore to be honoured with virtual civic reception

The event will be available to watch via livestream on Tuesday evening from Tipperary County Council’s Facebook and YouTube pages

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Jockey Rachael Blackmore.

Jockey Rachael Blackmore.

Jockey Rachael Blackmore.

Tipperary County Council will host a virtual civic reception to honour jockey Rachael Blackmore next Tuesday night.

The Killenaule native made history earlier this year when she became the first female jockey to win the Grand National. She was also the first female to win the Ruby Walsh Trophy for Leading Cheltenham Jockey.

The event will be available to watch via livestream on Tuesday evening at 7pm from the Tipperary County Council’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

It’s the second civic reception honouring Tipperary’s sporting legends in the last month, as Tipperary’s senior football team was honoured in May for their success last winter in winning their first Munster title in 85 years and reaching the All-Ireland semi-final.

Ger Walsh, SEO of Tipperary County Council, said that the civic reception is the “highest honour” that can be given by the council and told of what Tuesday’s ceremony will entail.

“Normally, there would be an in-person ceremony with speeches and family and friends would be invited,” Mr Walsh said.

“But now with Covid we’ve had to change it up a bit so we’ve made the ceremony to be sort of a documentary about the recipients with clips of their achievements and pre-recoded interviews – so, with Rachael we have interviewed her local parish priest and some of her first trainers.

“We also will have a live interview on the night with Rachael in the Council chamber.

"It’s the highest honour that can be bestowed on an individual and in terms of Rachael, she’s the first female jockey to win the Grand National and she’s from Tipperary so we need to acknowledge these accomplishments.

"It’s only fitting that we honour her in this way.”

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