Be in with the chance to WIN €5,000 on the final of the 2022 English Greyhound Derby

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.


  • 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.



1716 members representing nine GOBA’s and is recognised by Rásaíocht Con Éireann / Greyhound Racing Ireland and the Irish Coursing Club, the Keeper of the Irish Greyhound Stud Book (IGSB).



Lifford Stadium Update

Damian Matthews, Chairman of The IGOBF, has advised that there is a licensing issue regarding the Tote application which is presently been reviewed by the board of GRI and Lifford Greyhound Stadium. All parties involved are working...

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GRI & IGOBF Launch New-Look Parade Jackets

With the return to pre-COVID racing operations Greyhound Racing Ireland has in collaboration with the IGOBF designed a new standardised racing parade jacket for all handlers.  The wearing of the previous style of racing coat was suspended...

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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.

Julianne O'Keeffe

Julianne O'Keeffe


The youngest of four children of John and Liz O’Keeffe, I grew up breeding, rearing and training greyhounds at home in North Kerry. I have a keen interest in promoting and getting more young people involved in the greyhound industry. 

I am currently living and working in Dublin where I am a Science and Maths Secondary school teacher. I also enjoy playing camogie with my club and county.

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.