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Wednesday 20 March 2019

DROGHEDA DIARY: How the Greyhound pub got its name

What a team, Joe and Molly Owens from Duleek.
What a team, Joe and Molly Owens from Duleek.

NOTHING like a follow up to a story and no better story than the success of Duleek Dandy exactly 50-years-ago. The local dog won the famed English Greyhound Derby in 1960, a personal triumph for breeder Joe Owens. Joe may have passed away some years ago but the memory of that night at White City still burns bright, if the reaction to the original story is anything to go by.

I'm told quite a few people in Duleek collected some nice winnings that night as the greyhound came home a 25/1 winner.

Joe and his wife, Molly, didn't go to London for the race and instead watched it on TV in Duleek with Dandy coming home ahead of Clonalvy Romance to win the then richest ever Derby at £2,000.

Joe ran the Greyhound Bar in Duleek for many years (now I know where it got the name from).

Joey Owens is justly proud of his grandfather's history. 'It was a great win for him and that Derby was special as the six dogs in the final were Irish bred. There was even another one called Clonalvy Pride in the final,' he added.

Joe sold the dog to its English owners 18 months before the Derby for £900.

He was quite a breeder and in 1958 Balrath Flute won the Irish Puppy Derby.

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