Irish greyhound racing, and Dublin greyhound racing in particular, lost one of its greatest friends over the weekend with the sad passing of Mick O’Reilly.

For a number of decades, Mick was a fixture at both Harold’s Cross and Shelbourne Park.

Indeed, those that frequented either track wouldn’t just have known Mick but indeed knew his seat and his routine. Over many years, Mick handled hundreds of greyhounds and while he didn’t train any champions, he did manage to send out an Oaks runner-up in 2004.

Page Three Girl produced a series of tremendous performances through the classic to qualify for the final and, while she was a massive price to win, she ran an incredible race in defeat to chase home the winner Legal Moment.

The closure of Harold’s Cross came as a real blow to Mick but he made a new home at Shelbourne Park and he and his partner May scarcely missed a meeting. A great character with a gentle demeanor, Mick was always the best of company and his absence will be very obvious to those that frequent Shelbourne Park.

We send our sincerest condolences to his partner May, his children Chantal, Fidelma and Michael, his extended family and many friends both in and out of the sport.

May He Rest In Peace.

Funeral Details

O’Reilly (Dublin) July 18th, 2021, peacefully at home, Michael, late of Edmondstown and formerly of Inchicore. Beloved partner of May and much-loved father of Chantal, Fidelma and Michael. Sadly missed by his loving family, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

 May he rest in peace

 In line with Government and HSE advice regarding public gatherings a small private funeral will take place. For those who cannot attend the funeral due to the restrictions the funeral Mass can be viewed this Friday (July 23rd) at 10 o’clock by clicking on the following link https://www.churchservices.tv/bulfinroad or if you would like to leave a message of sympathy on our condolence section you can do so HERE or visit https://www.masseybrosfuneralhomes.com/funeral-notices/