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 and congratulations to Olivia Jackson.
The IGOBF team would also like to congratulate Jennifer O’Donnell and the winning connections of The Other Kobe who raced to a very impressive victory in the final of The Boylesport’s Greyhound Derby 2023.

SOLD OUT – Thank you to everyone who has supported The IGOBF Buster Draw 2023.

All Derby Buster Tickets are now sold.

Thank you to everyone who has supported The IGOBF Buster Draw 2023.

Best of luck to all our supporters.

Kenny Family Tipperary

Maria Kennedy Tipperary

Hanley Family Tipperary

Anthony Dwyer Cork

Olivia Hogan Cork

Maurice Organ Tipperary

Jean Comerford Kildare

Deirdre Leahy Kilkenny

Anonymous Kerry

Stefan Wells UK

Valerie H Cummins Tipperary

Lisa Finnegan Louth

Patrick Kennedy Tipperary

Maeve Kilcoyne Sligo

Cora Doyle Wexford

Graham Wells UK

Elizabeth McCann Wexford

Patrick Flanagan Dublin

Jennifer Pyne Dublin

Caitlin Pyne Dublin

Anonymous Waterford

Jennifer O Donnell Tipperary

John Mitchell Tipperary

Frances O Donnell Tipperary

Aibhe Cullen Wicklow

Margaret Barrett Tipperary

Yvonne Barry Dublin

Christopher O’ Riordan Cork

Aedamar O’ Reilly Kildare

Anne Channon Kildare

Richard Power Tipperary

David Lynch Cork

Charlie Lynch Cork

Laura Flynn Cork

Laura Earle Wexford

Conor Foley Kerry

Grace Foley Kerry

Ruth Foley Kerry

Battie O’ Connor Kerry

Declan McDonagh Galway

Brendan Cremin Kerry

Janet Jordan Kerry

Stevie Dunne Kilkenny

Sean Mullins Galway

Marissa Molloy Galway

Theresa Holohan Kerry

Jessica Redan Tipperary

Kate Dwan Tipperary

Michael Dwan Tipperary

Eileen Dwan Tipperary

Mary Dwan Tipperary

Roger Dwan Tipperary

Catherine Dwan Tipperary

Michelle Dwan Tipperary

Anonymous Kildare

Sean Comerford Kildare

Emma Hall Antrim

John Leahy Kilkenny

Anonymous Dublin

Annie Byrne Waterford

John Kennedy Tipperary

Gerard Organ Tipperary

Stephen Reidy Kerry

Ger White Tipperary

Padjoe Dorney Tipperary

Shane O’ Regan Kerry

Thomas Fitzgerald Kerry

Joe Sheahan Limerick

Joe Broderick Limerick

Sandra Broderick Limerick

Houlihan Family Kerry

Joe Moloney Clare

Patricia White Tipperary

Clare Hanley Tipperary

Darren Hogan Cork

Jess Hogan Cork

Eugene Cooney Tipperary

Bumblebee Kennels Galway

Margaret Nolan Kildare

Daire Malone Kildare

Michael Malone Kildare

Mick Malone Kildare

Leon Jenkins Carlow

Peter Jenkins Carlow

Kim Taylor Tipperary

Keith Taylor Tipperary

Matt Murphy Kilkenny

Hammy Dawson Limerick

Denis Beary Kildare

Sean Dunphy Portlaw

Murt Leahy Kilkenny

Margaret Nolan Kildare

Lynda Bonner Antrim

Brendan Maunsell Kerry

Ian Reilly Meath

Billy Reilly Meath

Ian Reilly Meath

Vanessa Houlihan Kerry

Martin Sweeney Kildare

Catherine Sweeney Kildare

Tom Barry Meath

Michael Malone Kildare

John McKenna Tipperary

Martin Tucker Roscommon

Linda Campbell Tipperary

Billy Morrissey Tipperary

Emily Morrissey Tipperary

Charlie Morrissey Tipperary

Pat Scully Kilkenny

Paul Quilty Kilkenny

Kieran Connolly Antrim

Sean Leahy Kilkenny

Thomas Leahy Kilkenny

Daniel Moore Derry

Damian Matthews Down

Brendan Matthews Down

Adam Matthews Down

Ger O’Callaghan Kilkenny

Aibhe Cullen Wicklow

Mal Keaveney Limerick

John Mulqueen Clare

John Paul Cullen Offaly

Ian O’Carroll Kerry

Grainne O’ Carroll Kerry

Tommy Caffery Tipperary

Shem O’ Donnell Kilkenny

Jay Ryan Wexford

Gregory A. Corcoran Offaly

Colm Fitzgerald Clare

Pat Loughlan Kilkenny

Scott Bennitt Roscommon

Frank Nyhan Cork

Ian Fortune Dublin

Jim Cremin UK

Hugh Coughlan Tipperary

John Martin Antrim

Conor Flynn Kerry

Eamon O Mahoney Limerick

Catriona Ni Duill Westmead

Gary Matthews Down

Brendan Kenny Tipperary

Jeffery DelaCruz Kilkenny

Patricia Keane Dublin

Mulrooney Family Galway

Andrea Mc Cann Wexford

Rachel McCrory Tyrone

James McGhee Tyrone

Teresa Cahill UK

Julianne O’ Keeffe Kerry

John O’ Keeffe Kerry

Ryan McGill Antrim

David Mc Donnell Roscommon

Dermot Fitzgerald Limerick

Jimmy Wright UK

Deirdre English Davern Limerick

Sandra Guilfoyle Offaly

Alice Guilfoyle Offaly

Keith Woodhead Tipperary

Oliver Shields Jr Down

Peter Comerford Kildare

Joy Foster UK

Niall Maher Limerick

Ml Healy Tipperary

Oliver Jackson Wicklow

Joe O’ Sullivan Kerry

Dan Lynch Kerry

Donal Lynch kerry

Anon Lixnaw Kerry

Michael Kilcoyne Sligo

Luke Kilcoyne Sligo

Natalie UK

Jeanette Woodhead Tipperary

Kathy Scanlon Limerick

Hugh McGrath Antrim

Anon Dingle Kerry

Beth Reidy Kerry

Michael A Reidy Kerry

Liam Holohan Kerry

Anne Marie O’ Brien Tipperary

Leeanne Fleming Galway

Yvonne Barry Meath

Anne Fahey Galway

Mark Kerr Louth

Declan Carey Westmead

Gerry Horgan Kerry

Matthew Horgan Kerry

Anon Dundalk Louth

Ciara Byrne Dublin

Scott Phelan Dublin

Cathal Mc Ghee Donegal

Aoife Dunphy Waterford

Gerry Meehan Cork

Richie Quinn Limerick

Alex Grassick Cork

Brenda Powderly Meath

Paul Smith Meath

Aodhan Slattery Kerry

David Slattery Kerry

Aileen Lennon Kilkenny

Donal Wilson sr Kilkenny

Frank Hickey Tipperary

Barry Clancy Kildare

Laura Clancy Kildare

John Doolan Limerick

Emily Rose McCarthy Cork

Lelia Byrne Meath

Shane Dowling Kerry

Niall McGhee Donegal

John Comerford Kildare

Martin Lanney Meath

Seamus Begley Wexford

Eamon Nolan Kilkenny

Leo Temple Fermanagh

Cera Shanahan Kildare

Paul Finn Kildare

Abbie Donnelly Kildare

Deirdre Leahy Kilkenny

Ben O’ Sullivan Kildare

Padraig O’ Sullivan Kildare

Celine Moran Kildare

Jonathan Best Kerry

Damian Cullen Tyrone

Stevie Bourke Tipperary

Nathan Corden UK

John Kennedy jr Tipperary

Pat Guilfoyle Tipperary

Mark Pierrepont UK

Michael Malone Kildare

Damien Holland Cork

John Lowry Down

Carly Philpott UK

Robert Ferguson Dublin

Jack Sheil Kerry

Harry Sheil Kerry

David McGrath Kerry

Paul Davies Tipperary

Gearoid Heeney Cavan

Alivia Edwards Antrim

Tom Kinane Kilkenny

Geoff Parnaby Tipperary

Yvonne Harrington Tipperary

Marguerite O Donoghue Cork

Susan Hayes Limerick

Ronan Kearney Kerry

Bridget Whelan Enniscorthy

Niall Handy Laois

Bill Small Antrim

Molly Smith UK

Roger Mounsey Tipperary

Helen Morris Wexford

Peter Quinn limerick

Damien Pepper Clare

Sean Stack Clare

Billy Smith Tipperary

Liam Liddy Limerick

Noreen Liddy Limerick

Gerry Hutton Carlow

David Carroll Limerick

Rory Hickey Kilkenny

Martin Kenny Tyrone

Fergus Flynn Tipperary

Alan Britton Tipperary

Laura Britton Tipperary

Anon Limerick

Jim Quinlan Tipperary

Diarmuid Mackey Kilkenny

Vincent Morris Wexford

Jackie Morrissey Tipperary

Gavin Morrissey Tipperary

Michael Williams UK

Ali O’ Brien Tipperary

Karen Brush Antrim

S Richardson UK

Peter McDermott Donegal

Kurtis Bain Down

Mairead Costelloe Kerry

Ballymac Kennels Kerry

Gavin R Armagh

Kacie Scanlon Limerick

Rose Kelly Galway

Holland Barry NI

Murt Leahy Kilkenny

Olivia Jackson Wicklow

IGOBF Junior Nominator Competition 2023 – Round 3

Facebook Competition:

Send in your support for your nominated dog or if your dog has not qualified you can support your favourite dog remaining in the competition. Send your entries to Irish Greyhounds Sunrise to Sunset Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning some goodies each week.

Some of the wonderful entries sent in for Round 2.

Please Support The IGOBF Buster:

Boylesport’s Irish Greyhound Derby Final 2023

Greyhound Trainers Talk – Greyhound Gut Health

Join Interchem and Precision Microbes at the Pavilion Area, Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium for a talk on “Why all health begins in the gut in racing greyhounds”. Taking place on Saturday 24th June with the speaker on the night, Tommy Heffernan MVB Gradcert DHH, Veterinary Consultant.

-Refreshments and food available from 6pm

-Talk 7.00pm to 7.30pm

Register your interest here:

Meeting minutes between The IGOBF and Rásaíocht Con Éireann – 23rd February 2023

A meeting between The Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeder’s Federation and the Board of Rásaíocht Con Éireann took place at the Horse and Jockey at 12.30 pm on Thursday 23rd February 2023.

In attendance for The IGOBF:-

Damian Matthews, Chairman of IGOBF, Deirdre Leahy, Secretary of IGOBF and Geoff Parnaby IGOBF and Clare Hanley.

In attendance for Rásaíocht Con Éireann :-

Mr. Frank Nyham, Chairman, Mr. John Tuohey, Acting CEO, Aileen Lennon, Alex Grassick, Richie Regan, Elizabeth Gray, Patrick Flanagan, Anne Channon.

The IGOBF commended the recent very successful student nights at Shelbourne Park, Galway and Cork and praised the notable social media improvements across all the tracks.

The IGOBF informed Rásaíocht Con Éireann of meetings they were having with some senior politicians from Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.

The IGOBF put forward the following issues from their members:-

The makeup of the Board of Rásaíocht Con Éireann to mirror that of H.R.I. i.e., stakeholders representative’s appointments.

The delay in the implementation of capital developments (Shelbourne Park & Kilkenny), awaiting the new 5-year plan since the sale of Harold’s Cross has led to uncertainty in the industry.

Clarity regarding the proposed new gambling legislation to our sector.

Proposed amendments to Category 2 meat thresholds must be reviewed immediately.

Financial implications to the knackeries, the farmers and the greyhound owners and breeders will be substantial in the present economic climate.

Ringfence a percentage of the Greyhound Fund for prizemoney, hence back to the grassroots of the industry, in line with HRI model.

An increase in prizemoney is a top priority to help with the cost of living crisis and Removal of vat from dog food.

Technology advances with the RCÉTS APP could be used to benefit owners, trainers, managers and transport and rehoming preparation.

An increase in private track grants/allocations.

Barking Buzz needs investment and overhaul to generate more revenue.

We are seeking to have some input and some active involvement with The New 5-year plan and the implementation of the previous 5-year plan ending 2022.

IGOBF Junior Greyhound Owners and Breeders

Maggie Jean K. and Katie K. with their granddad Micheál wearing their winning rossettes for the IGOBF Junior Greyhound Owner and Breeders competition.
The girls were very excited to see their winning entries published in the Sporting Press for the IGOBF Christmas competition.
Maggie-Jean K. and Katie K. hail from
The girls are a great help to their grandfather who has some track and coursing greyhounds and also some retired pets and it is fantastic to see the youngsters enthusiastic and involved with our sport.

AGM and The IGOBF Key Issues for 2023

Our upcoming AGM is planned for
Wed evening March 29th 7.30pm to 9.30pm 
VENUE:- Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise  R32 TYW7
Please encourage a strong attendance 

Please email regarding any issues your members would like to be addressed and they will be put forward throughout 2023. Please find attached the initial Key Issues that we will be addressing with GRI in the 1st quarter of this year.

Yours in Sport,

Damian Matthews


The IGOBF Key Issues for 2023

1. Costs and financial issues 

1a. Ring Fence significant portion of the Horse and greyhound fund for prizemoney. (60%)

Prizemoney is a top priority.

1b. The feeding of Category 2 meat to all greyhounds (including racing greyhounds) should be supported by GRI and the Department of Agriculture and the current screening limits for demoxothene should not change.

1c. Private tracks

25% increase in annual funding grant for all private tracks with immediate effect to counter the inflation crisis.

1d. Freeze race entry fees at current levels.

No more additional costs on owners, trainers,transporters and especially on breeders. 

Restore the breeder’s prizemoney initiative.

Restore trainer’s incentive.

Remove vat on dog food.

Streamline passport/vaccination export/transportation procedures and costs.

2. Welfare and Integrity

2a. An agreed action plan for track maintenance at every track for trials and racing. Safety must be a priority at every track with the emphasis on the surface being properly prepared,maintained and monitored.

2b. Funding for welfare,integrity and rehoming spending be ring fenced at existing levels (over €3m last year)

2c. Drug testing.

We are seeking an up-to-date evaluation of best practices, more detailed information about thresholds, more regular communication to our members about all aspects of drug testing.

We must build trust and confidence in the testing system.

3. Future planning 

3a. Clear communication from GRI regarding upgrading to Shelbourne Park, Kilkenny track, Lifford and all other industry developments.

3b. An overhaul of the Barking Buzz platform.

We want new revenue streams into our sport we must consider engaging with the top betting companies and bring our live racing streaming to a global market.

3c. That the board of GRI be remodelled to resemble the HRI board with representatives of all stakeholders such as owners,breeders, trainers,sponsors,transporters, stud keepers etc.

3d. A professional articulate spokesperson delegated to deal with negative publicity, online bullying, targeting sponsors, anti-racing propaganda and we require an agreed strategy to be developed to counter those who deliberately defame/tarnish greyhound racing in the media and with politicians etc.

Our members are prepared to play our part to defend our sport and it should be a united approach.