Friends and family of the late Charlie Murray will be paying close attention to the Champion Open Unraced Stake final in Kilkenny this Friday evening with the hope that a local greyhound named in his honour can bring home the €10K first prize.
Charlie, from St Nicholas Avenue was a hugely popular figure and according to his friend and neighbour Mickey McEneaney, he was a real character and has been sadly missed since his passing in 2014.
“Charlie was great fun to be around and he was always up for the craic. He used to enjoy going in to Bennetts Pub in Bridge St. for a pint and he was famous for his catchphrase ‘Get away from me’ which he used to shout in a good natured way to anybody who was near him.
“There is a local greyhound breeder and trainer from Kilcurry called Martin Sharkey and he would have been good pals with Charlie so a couple of years ago he decided to name one of his pups after Charlie’s famous catchphrase in honour of his pal. Last Friday evening GETAWAYFROMME finished 2nd in the semi-final of the Champion Open Unraced meeting in Kilkenny which was good enough to see him qualify for this Friday’s final. It would be a great story if GETAWAYFROMME can do the business this Friday evening and win the race for Martin in Charlie’s memory,” stated Mickey.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s final GETAWAYFROMME’s trainer Martin Sharkey said his prized greyhound had every chance of success this Friday.
“He finished like a train on Friday and if he can manage a good start this weekend he’ll be there or thereabouts. I would love to win the race for Charlie as we go way back and were friends for years. I have known Charlie since the 60’s and we would have went to greyhound meetings together or for a pint in Bennetts and he was always great fun. He was a brilliant character and would always have a yarn to spin and when he passed away a few years ago I wanted to honour him by naming a good dog after him. We’ll go to Kilkenny on Friday evening all going well with the dog this week and hopefully we can win the race for our old friend Charlie,” stated Martin.
The race takes place at 9pm on Friday evening at Kilkenny Greyhound track.