The Life And Times of Bernard Dillon: ‘The Narie that Won the Derby’

@ Stephen Fernane

This is the remarkable true story of a boy from Tralee, County Kerry, who grew up to be the most famous flat jockey in Edwardian England.

The journey of Bernard Dillon from riding ponies in the quiet fields near Strand Road to horseracing’s most prestigious venues is a tale of success and human hardship.

While Bernard’s high-point came in 1910 when winning the Epsom Derby, it would mark a tragic decline in fortunes as he turned to alcohol, gambling, and a tempestuous love affair with the famous music-hall artiste, Marie Lloyd.

Between the occasional glimpses of colour, love, and gaiety from Edwardian England’s most famous couple, their life together often exposed a dark side to Bernard Dillon that eroded his reputation as a celebrity jockey.

For the first time since his death in 1941, journalist Stephen Fernane tells Bernard’s story in full with all its raw intensity and human frailties.

‘The Life And Times of Bernard Dillon: The Narie That Won The Derby’ is a compelling story of triumph and tragedy, dreams and disasters.

That Bernard excelled in the sport he loved but could never shake the inner demons that haunted him so profoundly in later life produce a story of individual fame framed by an intense and at times unbearable sadness.

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ISBN: -978-1-916544-38-3

Seller Bio

Sold by: Stephen Fernane
Stephen Fernane is a Tralee-based journalist with The Kerryman and Irish Independent newspapers. He was born in Tralee and grew up in St John’s Park. He lives in Kilflynn in North Kerry. Stephen is an enthusiastic follower of horseracing and attends race meetings around Ireland and the UK. He particularly enjoys researching horseracing history and its strong links with County Kerry, both past and present. He is also passionate about Kerry football and following the fortunes of the Austin Stacks GAA Club in Tralee. He studied journalism, English literature, and politics at University College Cork. As a journalist, Stephen has a keen interest in writing human interest stories.

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