Dundalk greyhound track to close in two weeks time
Dundalk is facing two years without greyhound racing following the weekend announcement that the track on The Ramparts is to close on Monday, 20th November with the final meeting scheduled for the previous Saturday.
The news ends much speculation about the greyhound stadium which had remained open on a month-to-month basis for some time.
However, it marks the end of an era for the sport locally and there will be many sad faces when dogs go to traps for the final time in a little over two weeks’ time.
Racing has been held at the venue since the early 1930’s.
The future of the longtails rests with the joint horse and greyhound racing facility at Dowdallshill for which members of Dundalk Urban Council have already agreed to grant a material contravention of the Development Plan.
Paschal Taggart, Chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board, will address a meeting next week to give an update on these plans.
A special notice from Dundealgan Greyhound Racing Co. Ltd. which appeared in Saturday and Monday night’s card informed patrons of the latest turn of events.
‘The closing date for the sale of the greyhound track at The Ramparts has now been fixed for Monday, 20th November and the final meeting will be held on Saturday, 18th November.
‘Mr. Paschal Taggart, Chairman Irish Greyhound Board, will chair a meeting of all greyhound owners, trainers, breeders, supporters and bookmakers in the Carrickdale Hotel on Tuesday, 7th November at 8pm. At this meeting an update will be given on the progress of the planned new stadium at the racecourse in Dowdallshill.
‘Discussions will take place on the proposed alternative arrangements for the period between the closing of this track and the opening of the new track.’
A view has been expressed that work on the new development could start as early as the spring with an earliest possible completion date of summer, 2002.
It has also been indicated that a specific night may be set aside for Dundalk owners in Harold’s Cross and no doubt the merits or otherwise of such a move will be hammered out at next week’s meeting.
When Dundalk Greyhound Stadium closes the nearest tracks will be Ballyskeagh, Dungannon, Mullingar and the two Dublin venues, Shelbourne Park and Harold’s Cross.