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Extensive fire damage to Aidan O'Brien's house in Ballydoyle

The horse trainer and his family escaped unharmed from the blaze at the home to the Coolmore training and breeding facilities.

Aiden O'Brien instructs riders at Ballydoyle in 2008.
Aiden O'Brien instructs riders at Ballydoyle in 2008.
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A BLAZE THAT broke out at Aidan O’Brien’s home at the Ballydoyle yard in County Tipperary on Wednesday night left ‘extensive damage’.

Emergency Fire Services crews from Cahir and Cashel were on the scene shortly after 10pm and tackled the fire for two hours before assisting with the salvaging of items inside the stricken house.

O’Brien, who runs a racehorse training from the estate, his family, all members of staff and animals were unharmed.

A Garda spokesman confirmed, “The fire services were quickly on the scene. There was extensive damage to the roof of the property.

“Gardaí in Cashel were also on the scene. There were no injuries. We will be investigating the incident but it does not appear to be suspicious.”

The fire started in the upstairs bedroom of the property and the South Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service confirm that an emergency call was made ‘on-site’. A spokesperson added:

There was substantial damage to the property. There were no injuries – that is the most important thing.

“The blaze was brought under control within two hours but crews remained on the scene for a number of hours afterwards.”

Aidan O’Brien took over the running of Coolmore, adjacent to Ballydoyle, in 1995.

Coolmore is the largest breeding operation of thoroughbred racehorses in the world.

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