Bankos Tales Productions

Bankos Tales Productions Limited ~ TV Documentary Productions

The Irish Grand National ~ Chasing A Dream

The Irish Grand National ~ Chasing a Dream:


This unique chronicle captures the essence of the Irish Grand National, run at Fairyhouse, telling the story of one of Ireland’s best loved traditions since 1870 and it's set against relevant historical events. It’s told with passion, emotion and humour by those most associated with the country’s richest National Hunt race, including generations of racing families such as Carberry, Dreaper, Hughes, Moore, Mullins, Taaffe, Walsh and Woods. Other contributors who share their personal accounts include Richard Dunwoody, David Elsworth, Ann Ferris (first lady winning rider), Mouse Morris and Jenny Pitman (first lady winning trainer). The programme features many outstanding steeplechasers, along with those who have taken their place in Sports Folklore, like Arkle, Desert Orchid and Brown Lad among others. The documentary also explores the origin of steeplechasing when two gentlemen challenged each other to a race over a distance of four and a half miles between the church steeples of Buttevant and Doneraile, Cork, Ireland, in 1752.

Made with the support of the The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Run Time 1 hour 17 minutes. Subtitles for the hard of hearing and Audio description for the visually impaired.

For sale on DVD - also available in NTSC format for America and Canada.