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Point-to-Pointing mourns the death of Pat Coffey

We were saddened to hear of the passing of well-known and popular point-to-point owner Pat Coffey. 
 
Pat was a dairy farmer, breeder, vendor, purchaser, owner, handler, an enthusiast and a gentleman. A kind and welcoming member of the point-to-point community he will be dearly missed. 
 
Pat began riding half-bred’s and hunting when he was younger and having bred a few thoroughbreds and sold them on he gradually made his way into racing and was very much bitten by the bug. 
 
Pat had seen racing from all sides from buying foals and stores to offering horses as a vendor at the sales. His passion was for racing enjoying to buy young horses and watch them progress through the point-to point fields to be sold onwards. 
 
From this, he had a long association with Wexford handler Denis Murphy stretching back over ten years and together they produced some top notch performers through the years, such as Lough Derg Spirit who is now with Paul Nicholls and Drovers Lane who enjoyed success with Rebecca Curtis, whilst Murphy’s sister Bernie produced Ard Abhainn to win at Lingstown for Pat before being going on to win at the Punchestown Festival for Gordon Elliott. 
 
On the track Pat held a restricted licence and enjoyed running horses he trained himself under rules from his home yard and his more recent successes included Definite Soldier and Barrys Jack. 
 
Indeed he enjoyed a double at Huntingdon in 2014 with Davy Russell aboard Saddlers Deal and That’s A Fact.
 
In recent years, Pat overcame the tragic loss of his Nephew Patrick McCormack who lost his life in a farm accident in January 2018. 
 
Pat and Patrick were extremely close and this loss was felt deeply by Pat. He took great pleasure out of watching Lough Derg Rose winning at Loughanmore back in March of 2018 as this was a mare young Patrick had picked out himself before he lost his life and the pair had intended bringing her along together. 
 
She went on to win a second time at Tinahely after this maiden success. Indeed that day she won her maiden Coffey enjoyed a double as Norwegian Woods won a maiden half an hour later. 
 
In all, Coffey enjoyed close to 50 winners in his own colours, an achievement he was immensely proud of. 
Pat was based at Boulagloss Stables in Carrigwoher and lost his life in a tragic accident on Tuesday near Portroe in Tipperary. 
 
At point-to-points each week we look forward to the return of all those who cannot be in the field each week and it will be a lonelier place this weekend knowing that Pat Coffey wont be returning to us. 
 
He will be dearly missed by his partner Brid his family nieces and nephews whom he kept ponies for. 
 

Below is a list of the horses that have carried Pat's green and yellow silks to success in the point-to-point fields.


Fixture Date

Course

Race Type

Horse Name

Handler

Rider

19/01/2020

Ballycrystal

5yo Geldings Maiden

THE BEES KNEES (IRE)

Colin Motherway

B Lawless

17/11/2019

Tinahely

Winner Of Two

HONEST EXCHANGE (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

27/10/2019

Dowth Hall

5yo Unplaced Maiden

RYANS FANCY (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

K Corrigan

20/10/2019

Tinahely

5yo Geldings Maiden

HONEST EXCHANGE (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

25/05/2019

Tralee

5yo Geldings Maiden

MASTERS VOICE (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

06/04/2019

Moira

5yo Geldings Maiden

THE MULCAIR (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

L J Murphy

10/03/2019

Lingstown

5yo Mares Maiden

ARD ABHAINN (IRE)

Bernadette A.K. Murphy

K Corrigan

21/10/2018

Tinahely

Mares Winner Of One

LOUGH DERG ROSE (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

01/04/2018

Castletown-Geoghegan

5yo Geldings Maiden

ARCTIC ROAD (GB)

Denis Paul Murphy

S Cavanagh

31/03/2018

Loughanmore

5yo Geldings Maiden

NORWEGIAN WOODS (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

31/03/2018

Loughanmore

5yo Mares Maiden

LOUGH DERG ROSE (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

13/05/2017

Necarne

4yo Geldings Maiden

GOOD MAN PAT (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

12/04/2017

Inch

4yo Geldings Maiden

TOSSAPENNY (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

09/04/2017

Belclare

5&6yo Mares Maiden

AYLEOOLA (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

B O Walsh

09/04/2017

Courtown

4yo Maiden

ACTIVE FORCE (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

11/12/2016

Borris House

6yo Maiden

BAROSSA PEARL (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

B O'Neill

30/10/2016

Dowth Hall

5yo Mares Maiden

MIDNIGHT WALK (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

B O'Neill

04/06/2016

Kinsale (2)

5yo Geldings Maiden

BETWEEN THE WATERS (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

J J Codd

29/05/2016

Inchydoney

5yo Geldings Maiden

THE PIPERS COTTAGE (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

J J Codd

22/05/2016

Dromahane

4yo Geldings Maiden

LOUGH DERG FARMER (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

14/05/2016

Necarne

4yo Geldings Maiden

DROVERS LANE (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

07/05/2016

Athlacca

4yo Geldings Maiden

LOUGH DERG SPIRIT (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

23/04/2016

Largy

4yo Geldings Maiden

NATTER JACK CROAK (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

17/04/2016

Loughrea

5&6yo Geldings Maiden

LOUGH DERG LEADER (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

S Clements

21/02/2016

Tinahely

5yo Geldings Maiden

LATE DATE (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

J J Codd

03/05/2015

Laurencetown

6yo Maiden

LOUGH DERG ISLAND (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

J J Codd

19/04/2015

Oldcastle

4yo Maiden

LISHEEN PRINCE (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

29/03/2015

Durrow

8yo Geldings Maiden

MAGS BILL (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

A J McNulty

13/04/2014

Oldcastle

5&6yo Geldings Maiden

LOUGH DERG WALK (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

05/04/2014

Toomebridge

5yo Geldings Maiden

WINTER WALK (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

30/03/2014

Monksgrange

4yo Geldings Maiden

JEWELOFTHEOCEAN (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

23/03/2014

Rathmorrissey

6yo Mares Maiden

ICE PRINCESS (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

Derek O'Connor

26/05/2013

Inchydoney

4yo Maiden

ONENIGHTINVIENNA (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J A Kinsella

25/05/2013

Tattersalls

5yo Mares Maiden

OVERNOVA (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

C Motherway

29/09/2012

Rathcannon

4yo Maiden

THE SKYFARMER (GB)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

05/02/2012

Bellharbour

4yo Maiden

CLASSICAL TWIST (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

M O'Connor

25/04/2011

Loughanmore

4yo Maiden

CAPTAIN KELLY (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

J J Codd

10/04/2011

Tallanstown

Winner Of One 4yo (Mdns Excl)

LOUGH DERG WAY (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

C Motherway

16/01/2011

Kilfeacle

5yo Geldings Maiden

CELTIC TWILIGHT (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

P Gahan

10/10/2010

Tinahely

4yo Maiden

LOUGH DERG WAY (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

S C Byrne

09/05/2010

Sligo

5yo Mares Maiden

CELTIC RUBY (IRE)

P.G. Coffey

J D O'Meara

27/09/2009

Rathcannon

5yo Geldings Maiden

MARSHALL MAY (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

S C Byrne

04/05/2009

Donore

5yo Mares Maiden

EVELLA (IRE)

Denis Paul Murphy

C Motherway

17/02/2007

Maralin

7yo Maiden

KINOCKAWN (IRE)

Claire Cannon

J J Ryan

 

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