Junior Nominator Families Enjoy Semi-Final Night at Shelbourne Park

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Final:

What an exciting and enjoyable BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby so far. This year, young greyhound enthusiasts had the additional excitement of following their nominated dog throughout the Derby. Over 6 weeks ago, 341 children were randomly assigned a greyhound in this year’s Derby and we are down to the final 12 nominators.

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Semi – Final Night:

Last Saturday night, the 26 junior nominator semi finalists were invited to attend the BoyleSports Derby semi-finals with their families.  The families gathered in the Derby Suite with finger food and refreshments provided by Shelbourne Park. Frank Nyhan, Chairman of Greyhound Racing Ireland and Wayne McCarthy, GRI Board Member welcomed everyone and IGOBF Chairman Damian Matthews addressed the attendees, providing words of appreciation and encouragement to all the junior nominators and their families. IGOBF Secretary Deirdre Leahy presented each junior nominator with a momento of the event, including, a rosette, certificate and medal as well as a letter of appreciation from Greyhound Racing Ireland including family passes to their local track. The lucky finalists also got to meet their nomination at the kennel area after their respective semi finals.

Unfortunately, some of the junior nominator semi-finalists couldn’t make it to Shelbourne Park on Saturday night but no doubt they were cheering on their nominated greyhound at home. For many, this was their first time at Shelbourne Park. An enjoyable night was had by all and hopefully this is the start of something special in the lives of these wonderful young greyhound enthusiasts.

Deirdre Leahy and Kevin Davies (Crafty Kokoro)

Deirdre Leahy and Conor Slevin (Cryptopunk)

Deirdre Leahy and Liam McLoughlin (Callaway Pro Am)

Deirdre Leahy, Anthony Reidy and Lacey Reidy

Sinéad O’Reilly (Coolavanny Hoffa) and Deirdre Leahy

Deirdre Leahy and Myles Kearney (Coolavanny Hoffa)

Deirdre Leahy and Rhylie McBride (Ballymac Finn)

Deirdre Leahy and Mark McDonnell (Maries Wedding)

Deirdre Leahy and Lauren Lynch (Gortkelly Nestor)

Deirdre Leahy and Lilly O’Sullivan (Gortkelly Nestor)

Peter Divilly and Kevin Davies

Peter Divilly and Kevin Davies

Rhylie McBride with Shane Dowling and Ballymac Finn

Shane Hanlon, Jennifer O’Donnell, Anthony and Lacey Reidy with Born Warrior

Mark McDonnell and Keeley McGee with Maries Wedding

Junior Nominator Semi-Finalists

Anthony Reidy with his mom Lacey

Harry, Charlie, Molly and Lilly O’Sullivan

Eimear and Sinéad O’Reilly

Bill, Anthony and Lacey Reidy


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IGOBF BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2022 Buster Competition Supporters

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IGOBF Open meeting at Horse & Jockey Tuesday 9th August 2022 at 7pm

The purpose of the meeting was for industry participants
(a) to discuss concerns over the selection process for the new CEO for GRI
(b) Lifford update
(c) update on the improvement plan and finances available for Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium.
(d) Derby 2022

Damian Matthews, Chairperson of the IGOBF opened and welcomed everyone to the meeting. He then went through a visual presentation of IGOBF accounts put together by the Treasurer, Susan Hayes. All aspects of the accounts were clarified, and any queries answered.
The meeting then moved on to concerns over the appointment of a new CEO to GRI.
Damian Matthews recalled his communications via email to the Minister on 21/4/2021 on behalf of IGOBF. That message is now even more relevant and urgent than when it was written only 13 months later.

Statement from IGOBF 22/07/2021

In light of the current challenges facing the industry, the IGOBF cannot overemphasise RCE’s role in the appointment of a knowledgeable, experienced and competent CEO for the greyhound industry. A leader with a clear vision and a willingness to engage with all the stakeholders who are tirelessly working for the betterment of our industry is required.
The vital importance of first-hand experience of greyhound racing and above all a passion for our great sport must be an essential prerequisite for any future candidate for the position at this point in time.
We need a CEO that will ‘hit the ground running’ and that will continue to build on the greyhound industry’s role  as a very significant contributor to the Irish Economy.

Ireland has always been the home of the greatest racing greyhounds in the world. Our unique Irish culture and our world famous Greyhound heritage is something that must be nurtured and protected and celebrated.
Welfare must take top priority and the new CEO must continue the good work that has already been achieved.
All members of IGOBF fully understand and appreciate the importance of appointing the right candidate to the position of CEO and we are willing to work and engage with the appointed successor.
The future success of our sport depends on the right candidate been selected for the job as opposed to a political appointment. All too often a square peg is put in a round hole. The future of our industry depends on a successful appointment.

Damian Matthews

Mr Wayne McCarthy, Board member of GRI took the floor and outlined the process and protocols of selection. He then fielded questions from the floor. The main thread of the discussion was the need participants felt for a CEO with knowledge, connection and passion for the industry. It was felt that the criterion for selection needs to be weighted to have greater emphasis on in-depth knowledge of the greyhound racing industry. Mr McCarthy pointed out the problems faced by GRI is in the lack of candidates who came forward with applications who met those criteria and also who qualified for the necessary academic requirements of the position. It was stated that the current financial package for the CEO was not in line with packages offered to a CEO in similar positions e.g., the CEO of Horse Racing Ireland is on a package in the region of €190,000. This is substantially more than the salary for the CEO of GRI and this needs addressing.
Suggestions from the floor included that the recruitment company engaged should be head hunting suitable candidates in Ireland and abroad.
There does not appear to be a pathway within the industry that leads to CEO and that needs addressing .
It was felt that recognised and respected persons/stakeholders from within the industry should be involved in the interview and selection stage of CEO.
Continuing to fall back on the same selection process which to date has not served the industry adequately is only going to have the same outcome.

(b) Lifford update

It was asked what was happening regarding Lifford. Mr McCarthy outlined that he believed there were slight sticking points that needed to be addressed by the respective legal teams. It was put to Mr McCarthy that it is IGOBF ‘s understanding that the legal teams have met in recent weeks and come to agreement and that being the case this issue needs signing off on as a matter of urgency. The participants in the North West of Ireland have gone through protracted highs and lows and if all is in order let them start racing at the earliest opportunity.

(c) Kilkenny Update

The meeting was informed that funding for improvements to Kilkenny track are in place and awaiting signing off on by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the paperwork had been on their desk awaiting signing for a substantial time.
It was highlighted from the floor that in that time building costs had risen in the region of 50%.

(d) Derby 2022
The Derby Semi-finals and Final will be screened on Virgin Media.
Ivan Yates will be joining Ian Fortune to present the coverage and this is a hugely positive boost for our sport.
The IGOBF called on all supporters to get behind positive promotion of our 2022 Derby Final and let’s get as much positive coverage as we can and get people talking about, watching, supporting and attending the Irish Greyhound Derby.

Jackie Cahill TD and Chairman of the Agricultural Committee was in attendance and said he would be looking at issues and raising them with the Minister for Agriculture. He will ask questions regarding Lifford and Kilkenny and hoped to get back to IGOBF within the week.

The meeting gave those in attendance an insight into the selection of the CEO and an opportunity for constructive discussion on the various topics.

The IGOBF on behalf of members and all those in attendance wish to express their sincere thanks to Jackie Cahill TD Chairman of the Agricultural Committee and Mr Wayne McCarthy Board member of GRI.
Also thanks to Councillor Peggy Ryan for her attendance at short notice.

Damian Matthews



Irish Greyhound Derby Junior Nominator Competition

Just 2 weeks to go before the commencement of the 2022 Irish Greyhound Derby and we have an exciting competition for all our young greyhound enthusiasts!

Simply, text or Whatsapp 0851294406, the name(s) of the child/children you’d like to enter and they will be randomly assigned a greyhound to follow in this year’s Irish Greyhound Derby.

*Nominated person must be under 18.

*Prizes for the six finalists.

*Closing date Sunday 14th August.

Draw will be posted on our website igobf.org and on our social media platforms ‘Irish Greyhounds Sunrise to Sunset’.

Statement from IGOBF

The IGOBF have expressed their concerns to GRI about the recent survey being undertaken.

We wish to state categorically that a very simplistic six question survey with no options other than two or three prescribed answers is not a consultation with greyhound owners and trainers.

Damian Matthews

Chairperson IGOBF