Clonmel footballer snaps up coveted Horse Racing Ireland position

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Tipperary footballer Lisa Kirby is one of six interns in the country to make the cut with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) for the 2017 summer season. 

Clonmel's Lisa started her ten week work placement at Tipperary Racecourse this week. She is assisting in many areas of racecourse operations such as marketing, sales, digital media, website maintenance and raceday operations.

Past Loreto Secondary School student Lisa holds two All-Ireland football medals, alongside eight Munster medals.

Lisa only recently graduated from Dublin City University (DCU) with a degree in Communication Studies. She was treasurer of the Media Production Society in DCU and also actively involved with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

She has a keen interest in photography, gaining experience in Chicago, and also works part-time in promotions for Beat 102/103 FM.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to work at the Tipperary Racecourse this summer," Lisa said on commencing her placement.

Lisa Kirby with Tipperary Racecourse operations manager Robert Dunne. 

"I am eager to get started and further my knowledge of the industry.

"I look forward to working with the team in Tipperary and gaining some contacts. I plan on throwing myself in the deep end and getting involved in as many different areas as possible," she added. 

This is the fourth year of the HRI Student Internship Programme since its launch in November 2013.  A record 288 applications were received from throughout the country this campaign, with 25 students shortlisted for interview.