Extra night of racing confirmed for Limerick Greyhound Stadium

Jerome O'Connell

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Extra night of racing confirmed for Limerick Greyhound Stadium

JJ and Isabelle Harding meeting ex-racing greyhound Nome at the Greyhound Care Centre

THERE will be an extra night racing in Limerick Greyhound Stadium on Monday November 9 – first race at 7.30pm.

The Thursday and Saturday schedules continue to operate as normal.

As racing continues behind closed doors in line with Level 5 restrictions, Greyhound Racing Ireland implemented temporary changes - the schedule changes are intended to provide a greater spread of meetings throughout the week.

Elsewhere in Limerick the 2020 Friends of Limerick Irish St Leger got underway with twelve first heats last Saturday.

Seventy two dogs are now down to 48 for further action this Saturday night at the Dock Road venue.

Ballymac Kingdom for Tralee based Liam Dowling was the fastest through round one with a winning time of 29.57.

Meanwhile, Greyhound Racing Ireland in partnership with The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust have launched its first dedicated Greyhound Care Centre.   

The care centre has been set up to promote and help ex-racing greyhounds find their forever homes as pets for families across Ireland.  

The centre, which is independently run is funded by Greyhound Racing Ireland through the Greyhound Care Fund. The Greyhound Care Fund, which was established in 2019, is solely dedicated to supporting a range of care and welfare projects for racing greyhounds and is funded from patrons at greyhound stadia and 50% of sponsorship for greyhound racing.  The Greyhound Care Centre will be overseen by the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust, the industry charity that facilitates the rehoming of ex-racing greyhounds as pets.  
  
Following an open formal tendering process, the contract was awarded to Greyhounds Pets of Ireland, Tipperary, based near The Horse and Jockey. 
 
"The launch of the Greyhound Care Centre is a further element of RCÉ’s ambitious care and welfare programme for the industry.  The high standard of the facility will ensure that greyhounds are well prepared for their ‘forever home’ and prospective new owners can see first-hand the suitability of a greyhound in a home setting and the benefits that rehoming a greyhound can bring in its new home. We are delighted with the work of all those involved in rehoming of racing greyhounds, particularly the IRGT, and must acknowledge the tremendous efforts that are made in seeking a forever home for retired greyhounds," said Chairman Greyhound Racing Ireland Frank Nyhan.

"Through the IRGT, 1,245 re-homings have been assisted in 2020 to date compared with 812 for the same period in 2019.”. It is the intention of RCÉ to continue to financially support an extensive rehoming programme and we have made provision for same in our 2021 Budget which was recently adopted by the Board of RCÉ." 
 
At the care centre greyhounds are helped make the transition from racing on the track, to being  welcomed in a new family on their retirement. Along with meeting all regulatory and welfare requirements, the facility was chosen as it provides for all the needs of its guests.  This includes the development of a socialisation strategy for each greyhound involving hands-on training and spending time in a realistic home setting, getting used to what their new home will be like.    

The facility also for the first time offers a place where families hoping to adopt a greyhound can visit the centre, sit on the couch in the unique visitor room and meet the greyhound that they have been matched with to see what a fantastic addition a greyhound will make to their family. 

During Covid-19 restrictions potential adopters can meet the greyhounds virtually, with a follow-up visit once restrictions have been lifted. 

Visits to the centre will be by appointment only once the completion of necessary application forms and a home check has been carried out.  Further information on Greyhound Adoption or the Care Centre can be obtained from the IRGT on irgt@grireland.ie or phone 061-448089.