The Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation (THE  IGOBF) is the controlling body of all Greyhound Owners and Breeders Associations (GOBA).

It is subject to a written constitution and is administered by a democratically elected National Committee consisting of Officers and Representatives from each of the affiliated associations.

The IGOBF have 1548 members representing the nine affiliated GOBAs.



  • To coordinate the efforts of all Associations, to safeguard the rights of the members, and to promote their best interests in so far as they relate to the breeding, rearing, maintaining,  training, racing, coursing and selling of greyhounds.
  • To make effective representation and contributions to Rásaíocht Con Éireann/Greyhound Racing Ireland, the Irish Coursing Club, and to the Minister with responsibility for the Irish Greyhound Industry.
  • To ensure that Rásaíocht Con Éireann, Boards of Directors, Track Management, and the ICC do not act to the detriment of the members of the GOBA’s.

Congratulations Olivia Jackson – IGOBF Buster Draw Winner

Congratulations! The winner of The 2023 IGOBF Derby Buster prize of E500 is Olivia Jackson, Killmacanogue, County Wicklow. The winning sequence was 253416 and the winner has been confirmed by The IGOBF website team. Thank you to all our supporters...


Meeting with Tim Lucey Feb 1st

ISSUES RAISED AND DISCUSSED WITH Mr TIM LUCEY, CEO RCÉ  Introductory meeting with Mr. Tim Lucey,CEO of Rásaíocht Con Éireann and representatives from The Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation  February 1st 2024  Present:  Damian...

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IGOBF Membership Figures

Latest update 12/11/23 regarding the membership of The Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation. The IGOBF have 1548 paid membership in 2023/2024 representing nine GOBAS. If you wish to support The Irish Greyhound Owners and...

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The Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation
Damian Matthews

Damian Matthews


Eldest son of six from a third-generation greyhound family of Brendan and Anna Matthews from Newry Co Down.

Member of Newry greyhound owners since early 80s and currently Chairperson of the Federation since October 2019.

Presently a member of Shelbourne Park Advisory Council, having previously occupied the position of Director and also Treasurer of the Irish Coursing Club.

Theresa Holohan

Theresa Holohan


I was born in London to Irish parents, I have been racing and breeding greyhounds since retiring to Ireland in 2009. I was elected Secretary to Kerry GOBA in 2017 and Vice-Chairperson of the Federation in 2018.

I worked as a full-time Union Official in the  London Post Office/Telecommunications and I am a retired Magistrate/Justice of the Peace.

Deirdre Leahy

Deirdre Leahy


I am secretary of Kilkenny GOBA since 2019.

My family along with my husband’s family have been deeply engrained in the greyhound industry for generations.

Susan Hayes

Susan Hayes


The only child of John and Breda Hayes, I grew up with greyhounds all my life under the “Orlando” Prefix. Currently treasurer of the Limerick and Clare GOBA and treasurer of The IGOBF. I am working as a trainee accountant and about to complete my final Chartered Accountancy Exams.

Jeanie Comerford


For The love of The Dogs


“It’s the love of it, the love of the dogs. You’ll do anything for them”. A heartfelt message from Fionnuala Moloney of Timaru Kennels. We present to you part one of our #BehindTheTrack series, where Fionnuala takes us through a day in the life of the greyhounds at her kennel.

Watch all episodes from Behind The Track Series 1 and 2 here.