LIMERICK Greyhound Stadium have revealed details of an expanded Con & Annie Kirby Memorial for 2019 with every ladies football, camogie and handball club in Limerick invited to participate and potentially win €10,000.
The past six years of the competition have seen Limerick GAA clubs share in the event fund, with each of the 72 greyhounds in the event assigned to a GAA club. The winning greyhound’s assigned GAA club win a nominator prize of €10,000 and a free benefit night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
Now the hugely popular event is being expanded and every ladies football, camogie and handball club in Limerick are being invited to submit their applications to be assigned a dog for the Con & Annie Kirby Trial Stakes, which begin this Saturday, February 16. The trap draw for the Kirby Trial Stakes will take place this Thursday, February 14.
The first 24 applicants will be each assigned a dog in one of the four heats to be run this Saturday. Two of these dogs will progress to the Kirby Memorial First Round, which will begin on Saturday, March 23.
Gerard Dollard, CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, welcomed the expansion.
“The Con & Annie Kirby is a wonderful highlight of the Irish greyhound racing calendar. The generous support of Noreen and JP McManus cannot be underestimated. The juvenile race acts as a stepping stone for Ireland’s rising greyhound stars and creates a strong market for young dogs, as well as continuing the strong greyhound racing tradition that has existed here in Limerick for many decades. The Kirby Memorial Stake creates a county full of winners – and Limerick has been used to winning plenty recently," said Dollard.
Sponsored by Noreen, and JP, McManus in honour of her parents, Con & Annie Kirby, the competition has the biggest prize fund in Ireland after the Irish Greyhound Derby, with a total fund of €160,000.
The Kirby Memorial Stake will run for five consecutive Saturdays at Limerick Greyhound Stadium from Saturday, March 23, with the final taking place on Easter Saturday, April 20.