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Strong Laois connection as Acapella Bourgeois bids for Grand National glory

Monsignor John Byrne and Acapella Bourgeois

The most iconic horse race in the world takes place this afternoon – and there will be Laois interest in it.

The Grand National in Aintree takes place at 5.15pm over the famous hedges.

The iconic Liverpool based race was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

But it is back this year and among the 40 runners is a horse with strong Laois connections.

11-year-old Acapella Bourgeois is trained by Willie Mullins and will be ridden by Danny Mullins and it is owned by the Slaneyville Syndicate.

They are a Tullow based family group comprising of eight members.

And one of them is extremely well known in Laois – Monsignor John Byrne.

Monsignor Byrne is the Parish Priest in Portlaoise and he will be hoping that the horse receives divine inspiration and gallops to glory.

Laois has already tasted a degree of success at the Aintree Festival this week as Liam Cusack’s Snugsborough Hall came fourth in the Topham Handicap Chase.

Mountrath based trainer Cusack saw his charge collect £5,534 for finishing fourth in the 22-runner field.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.