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LIMERICK POST • Saturday 29 May 2010

Goodbye and hello for greyhound racing

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by Marie Hobbins THE final night of greyhounds racing at the Market’s Field will take place on Saturday, July 17 and on Friday, October 8, the doors of the new state of the art Limerick Greyhound Stadium will swing open to the general public on the Greenpark site. Confirmation that the main construction work on the Greenpark site is now complete comes from the Irish Greyhound Board chief executive, Adrian Neilan who says the new stadium will have a capacity attendance of 2,900, putting it among the top rank of greyhound racing stadia on an international

scale. “It represents a massive vote of confidence in the city of Limerick and the Mid West region - these have been difficult times but Limerick will come through and this new facility will be available to host the celebrations when it does.” Commenting on the two month period during which there will be no greyhound racing in the city, Mr Neilan pointed out that this is in the best interest of the welfare of the greyhounds in the long term. “To ensure that all welfare needs are met in this regard, the decision to move the sand from the existing Market’s Field site has been taken - it will ensure

that the racing surface quickly knits and beds in and there are no long delays in waiting for the surface to settle.” Referring to the two month period of no racing in Limerick, he said his board is putting on additional racing at the Kingdom Stadium in Tralee and at Galway Stadium to accommodate “as best as possible,” the owners and trainers who would normally race at Limerick. “We will start the new racing era at Limerick in October with 13 race cards - the new kennel capacity at Limerick will allow for more racing than has been possible at the Market’s Field site.”

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