26th Feb 2013
The Irish National Stud’s Senior Stallion man Michael ‘Daffer’ Kelly was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of his valuable contribution to the Horse Racing Industry at the Irish Stable Staff Association awards on Saturday night 23rd February. Daffer is with the Irish National Stud 25 years next month, prior to that he worked at Rossmore Lodge for Paddy ‘Darkie’ Prendergast for 19 years and also under Tom Fityzgerald who Daffer says was the best head man in the country. One of 10 children Daffer is the second oldest with six brothers and three sisters. All males in the family named Michael (Daffer, his father and grandfather) were automatically given the nickname Daffer as there was a tradition of tailors in the family. He is synonymous with his bicycle and when not working he enjoys some Golf and Guinness. A very worthy recipient of this award and we are all very proud of him here at the stud.
Mick Kelly (back row third from the left) with the other award recipients at the Irish Stable Staff Awards