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Oliver Reed 1938 – 1999
Robert Oliver Reed was an English actor known for his upper-class, macho image, hellraiser lifestyle, and “tough guy” roles.
His films include The Trap, Oliver!, Women in Love,Hannibal Brooks, The Devils, The Three Musketeers, Tommy, Castaway, Lion of the Desert and Gladiator.
At the peak of his career, in 1971, British exhibitors voted Reed 5th most popular star at the box office.
He’s buried in the old Bruhenny graveyard in Churchtown Co. Cork
Under a huge grey slab inscribed with the simple words ‘Robert Oliver Reed, 1938-1999, He made the air move’, and the overgrown walls and weather-beaten stones of the ancient churchyard seem to provide a perfect resting place. We toasted him with a pint of Guinness in O’Neill’s, Ollie’s local pub, which is a short stumble across the road from the grave.
Vincent O’Brien 1917 – 2009
Michael Vincent O’Brien (9 April 1917 – 1 June 2009) was an Irish race horse trainer from Churchtown, County Cork, Ireland. In 2003 he was voted the greatest influence in horse racing history, according to a worldwide poll hosted by the Racing Post newspaper. In separate earlier Racing Post polls he was voted the best ever trainer of national hunt and of flat racehorses. He trained six horses to win the Epsom Derby, was twice British champion trainer, won three Grand Nationals in succession and trained the only British Triple Crown winner since the 2nd World War, to name but a few of his many achievements. O’Brien was not related to Aidan O’Brien, who took over the Ballydoyle stables after his retirement.
Jim Culloty is a racehorse trainer and retired professional National Hunt jockey who won both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National in the same season. Jim and Mick (Fitzgerald) both worked for Jackie Retter, who trained at Whitstone, near Exeter, before they went their separate ways, Jim to work for Henrietta Knight while Mick went with Nicky Henderson.
Culloty rode forty-four winners as an amateur during the 1996 racing season, after which he turned professional. Throughout his career he won 394 races.