National Greyhound Board award for Limerick family

Jerome O'Connell

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National Greyhound Board award for Limerick family

Alma Carroll pictured with IGB chairman Phil Meaney and Minister at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Andrew Doyle TD

THE Carroll family from Croom were honoured at last Sunday night’s annual Irish Greyhound Board awards.

In the Killashee Hotel in Co. Kildare, Alma Carroll received a special greyhound welfare award for her support of the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT).

The awards were presented by Minister at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Andrew Doyle TD.

The Carroll family, led by Alma’s late father John, were among the first to champion re-homing and prior to the establishment of the IRGT would have arranged collection of greyhounds and re-homing privately.

Alma would carry out round-trips to Europe, in all weather conditions, carrying greyhounds to their new homes on the continent and then on the return picking up new recruits.

After many years of ‘hands-on’ work preparing and then transporting greyhounds to new homes across Europe, Alma was invited to sit on the IRGT committee, where her knowledge and experience is invaluable.

“I wish to congratulate all finalists and winners for their achievements. The high standard of quality across all categories is evidence of the commitment and passion that exists within the Irish Greyhound sector. I wish to thank Minister Andrew Doyle TD for presenting the awards and for the continued support of Government for the greyhound sector,” said Phil Meaney, Chairman of the IGB.

Meaney confirmed during his address that he will be ending his term as chairman inside the next three months.

The man from Carlow has served over seven years in the role.

Good News was been named the Dog of Year as well as the Supreme Greyhound for the year at the awards.

The reigning Irish Greyhound Derby champion returned to Limerick Stadium last week to launch the 2018 Greyhound and Petworld Golden Muzzle.

The 550 open event was won by Good News last year for his trainer Pat Guilfoyle in 29.56 ahead of Gulleen Billy and Lone Bullett.

“The Golden Muzzle is a terrific open competition and I must acknowledge Dominic Magnone and Kathleen Murphy of Greyhound and Petworld for their continued sponsorship of racing at Limerick in recent years,” said Limerick Racing Manager Liam Kennedy.

This year’s top prize will see €4,000 and a trophy going to the winner with first round heats commencing on Saturday May 12.

One week after his third successive Con and Annie Kirby Memorial win in Limerick, Doon native Pat Buckley had another good weekend.

Last Saturday he trained Javielenko to win the Gain 600 in Shelbourne and then on Sunday night his tracker Borna Gin won the Future Star Award at the annual award ceremony.

Javielenko also won the Red Mills Champion Unraced last year. The son of Ballymac Eske and Droopys Hilda could next head for the Race of Champions in Tralee, which commences on June 1.