From the Emerald Isle to the Woodbine Green

By: Hayley Morrison for

TORONTO, March 16, 2018 – Whether you believe in luck or not, the Irish certainly do.

Or at least that’s the case when it comes to an Irish couple by the names of Nicki Brolly and Brian Mc Connell, who took a leap of faith last year when they decided to leave Ireland to work abroad in the horse racing industry.

“I was actually at the fortune teller and she said, ‘You should go to Canada or America, you will really like it.’ So I was like, ‘Let’s go to Canada!’” said Brolly, who grew up in Donegal, the northwest part of Ireland.

After booking flights and organizing visas, the couple began searching for jobs within the racing industry and soon found themselves in contact with trainer Catherine Day Phillips.

“I sent her our CVs and… she took us through the process of what we would need and setting up with accommodation. Then we went there and started with Catherine and it just worked and we kind of got lucky because everything just fell into place.”

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