Champion jockey Rachael Blackmore will become the latest inductee into the Cong Hands of Fame today.

This is an acknowledgement for Blackmore’s achievements as not only an internationally famous jockey but her advertisement of Ireland as one of the nation’s headline sporting stars.

She has become a trailblazer for women in traditionally male-dominated sports, winning in prestigious races including the Grand National (2021), the Irish Champion Hurdle (2020,21,22) and the Cheltenham Gold Cup (2022).

In 2021 she was named both RTÉ Sports Person of the Year and BBC World Sports Star of the Year.

Present at the ceremony along with Ms Blackmore will be the organising committee of the Cong Hands of Fame.

The last person to be inducted was Irish international rugby star James Ryan back in November.

Other previous recipients of the award include the late Big Tom, Daniel O’Donnell, Matt Molloy and outgoing host of the Late Late Show Ryan Tubridy.

The ceremony will take place today at 3:00PM.


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