A COUNTY Limerick student who has been appointed to the board of directors of Limerick Greyhound Stadium, is the youngest person to hold such a position in the greyhound industry.
Conor Crowley of Stookeens, Kilmallock was just 19 years of age when he was appointed to the board at the start of the year.
Now 20, Conor, who is working for JP and Noreen McManus in the gardens of Martinstown Stud during the summer months, says he is relishing the role.
â€œAs far as I know I was the youngest ever to be appointed to a board of directors of the Irish Greyhound Board,â€ said Conor who is going into fourth year at Mary Immaculate College where he is studying for an Arts degree, majoring in Maths and Irish.
â€œIt isnâ€™t something to be sniffed at when you think of the clientÃ¨le that you would be representing. You have to be seen to be proactive. You are dealing with issues that arise and you do your best to sort it out. You have to attend board meetings between all the different bodies. You have to try and improve the track and promote greyhound racing as best you can,â€ he continued.
Conor who has been going to greyhound meetings all his life with his parents Denis and Esther was encouraged to put his name forward for the role by Brendan Moore, one of the members of the Irish Greyhound Board.
Mr Moore was appointed to the position on the national board in December.
â€œUnder the Greyhound Industry Act 1958 there is a chairman of Bord na gCon and what they call six ordinary members,â€ said Brendan who is the only Limerick person among the six members.
â€œThere is a web site and if there are State board vacancies then you apply and the minister and the department look at applications and decide,â€ he added.
Brendan who is a native of Knocklong now living in Ballylanders was a trainer before he was appointed to the board. His wife Bridie has taken over the licence. The couple have six children, Niamh, Claire, Brendan, Brian, Aine and Eimear.
Brendan was anxious to see younger people become involved in the greyhound industry locally and felt that Conor would be the ideal candidate for the position in Limerick.
â€œI would feel very strongly that we need a youth policy. Conor is a young man I knew through the greyhounds and he is local in Kilmallock. He is a very good appointment and he has brought an awful lot to the role already. He was appointed along with Tom Ryan, the former Limerick hurling manager and Dave Casey,â€ he said.