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Dublin: 13 °C Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Irish jockey, 25, loses battle with cancer a day before her wedding

Limerick native Laura Barry sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning.

APPRENTICE JOCKEY LAURA Barry has tragically died at the age of 25.

Horse Racing - Ebor Festival 2012 - Coolmore Nunthorpe - York Racecourse Barry during her days in horse racing (file photo). Source: John Walton

The Limerick rider lost her long battle with a rare form of nerve cancer early this morning, having been paralysed by the illness.

Laura had moved from her hometown to Yorkshire to pursue a career in horse racing eight years ago, and she was due to marry fellow jockey Ben Hamilton tomorrow.

“She was a wonderful, wonderful person and she passed away with dignity,” her former trainer Richard Fahey told the Racing Post. “She was a super girl, just a super, super girl, and it’s so very sad for everyone.

“It’s horrendous. There’s no good time for anything like that, but it’s extremely sad – she was due to get married tomorrow. She’s a girl I’m very proud to have known, she was a simply wonderful girl.”

The racing world has been paying tribute to her today:


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