IGB chief Larkin confirms shock resignation
There was a real pre-Christmas shock in the greyhound world yesterday when the IGB chief executive officer Geraldine Larkin announced that she is stepping down from her position.
The IGB issued a statement last night confirming her resignation. Chairman Phil Meaney paid tribute to her stewardship of the IGB and her work with the board in relation to the response and implementation of actions recommended by the Indecon Report, the Government-commissioned review of the greyhound industry.
The IGB appointed Sean Brady last night as its interim CEO, taking over in the new year.
Meanwhile, the 2017 fixture list has been met by general approval, with the major change from previous years being the avoidance of a clash between the BoyleSports Irish Derby final and the All-Ireland football final.
In recent years the task of people travelling from the provinces and abroad was horrendous as they battled for accommodation on the busiest weekend of the year in Dublin.
Next year, though, the Derby final will be run on Saturday, September 23, the week after the football decider.
A further benefit is that the Derby semi-finals will be on the weekend of the football decider - and that guarantees a full house - while the third round will be on the hurling weekend!
Otherwise many of the other major events will start a week later than normal in keeping with the later Derby.
Cork racegoers have never accepted the switch back to a summer location for the Irish Independent Laurels, though it was run in the summer for many years in the past, and the Curraheen classic is now scheduled to finish on July 22.
The release of the Irish calendar coincided with the breaking of the story that the English Derby will be run at Towcester and the final will be on Saturday, June 24. This is the date of the first round of the Independent Laurels.
This evening the final of the €8,000 Kingdom Derby will be run at Tralee and the €5,000 All Pet Supplies Gold Collar will be run at Harold's Cross.