Tony Sweeney, a distinguished Irish journalist and sports commentator, began his career when he was around 25 years old. His claim to fame was his extensive work in the horse racing field. He started working with the Daily Mirror in 1956 and stayed with them until 1997. During this time, he also was RTE's sports commentator until from 1964 until 1998. Tony began working for The Irish Times, a daily newspaper, writing about famous horse racing stories. This helped him gain the knowledge he needed for his later publication, the Sweeney Guide. He pursued his Doctorate of Literature from the National University of Ireland in 2001.
In 2002, Tony, his wife Annie, and chairman of the Irish National Bookmakers Association Francis Hyland finished an extensive 650-page statistical record of racing history, the Sweeney Guide to the Irish Turf 1501-2001. It contained ample research and Irish racing records unique in World Turf Literature. It also had colored illustrations, facts, and anecdotes for an entertaining read.
Tony was inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2007, he was granted the Contribution to the Industry award from Horse Racing Ireland, the central association of horse racing on Ireland. His other work consisted of a history of the printed word in Ireland and a book on Irish Stuart Silver. He passed away in 2012 at age 81.
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