Thursday 27 July 2017

Greyhound racing returns to Dublin

Greyhound racing in Dublin will resume at Shelbourne Park on Tuesday night following a vote conducted among the members of the Dublin Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association in Crumlin last night. (stock photo)
Greyhound racing in Dublin will resume at Shelbourne Park on Tuesday night following a vote conducted among the members of the Dublin Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association in Crumlin last night. (stock photo)
Michael Fortune

Michael Fortune

Greyhound racing in Dublin will resume at Shelbourne Park on Tuesday night following a vote conducted among the members of the Dublin Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association in Crumlin last night.

Racing has not taken place in Dublin since late February as a result of DGOBA pickets placed outside the Ringsend venue in protest against the closure of Harold's Cross Stadium.

The Harold's Cross venue was closed by the IGB in early February, and the site has subsequently been bought by the Department of Education for the provision of schools in the area.

The loss of racing in Dublin has dealt a severe blow to the greyhound industry; some hugely valuable and prestigious competitions were lost, such as the Gold Cup, the Easter Cup, the Puppy Oaks and the Gain 600.

Reports suggest that last night's meeting was a contentious affair and the voting was pretty tight. However, the upshot is that the DGOBA pickets will be removed from the tracks and racing will resume on Tuesday night.

Under the terms of the agreement worked out between the Irish Greyhound Board and the DGOBA, Tuesday and Friday meetings at Shelbourne will be regarded as 'Harold's Cross fixtures'.

Irish Independent

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