An Irishman Abroad

Declan Murphy: Episode 188

April 22, 2017

Declan Murphy says that standing at the bottom of your mountain will not make it any smaller, you have to change something in yourself in order to climb it. This week’s episode brings one of the most harrowing and life-affirming stories of the podcast to date with a top jockey who lived to race again after a catastrophic injury which saw the Racing Post publishing his obituary before his miraculous recovery. Declan tells the tale of the shattering moment of mistrust on the part of his horse which very nearly killed him (23:00), how he once won the Cheltenham Gold Cup solely on adrenaline which delayed the onset of a serious concussion (19:00) and the period of utter confusion for the 28 year old jockey having awoken from a coma believing he was a 12 year old boy (34:00).

From explaining why he believes that it is imperative for us to be prepared to lose everything just to gain that one something (41:00) to how a moment of acknowledging someone’s pity for you can render you useless (48:00), and describing the poetic nature of the trust between the horse and jockey (11:00), this is by far one of the most outstanding conversations of the series.

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