CONGRATULATIONS to trainer Brendan Duke and Shirley Mooney who were married recently.

Shirley told The Irish Field: “I got married to the love of my life and soul mate Brendan Duke on August 17th.

“The ceremony and reception both took place in the Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, Co Kildare.

“This is a real love story with a fairytale ending!”

Doctor on call on horseback

IT could catch on here in the land of the horse. Take a look at the BBC website where you will find a great story called, On call with Italy’s horseback doctor.

Dr Roberto Anfosso is an Italian doctor who makes his home visits on the back of his horse, Ambra.

People not feeling their best call on Roberto, and he arrives with the stethoscope in his saddlebag. The video joins him on one of his rounds near the village of La Morra, south of Piedmont.

Considering the impossiblity of getting onto the list of a doctor’s practice in Ireland now, a few doctors on horseback would be very welcome!