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 Breeders Federation please contact one of the nine affiliated GOBAS

1.Kilkenny GOBA (140)
2.Tipperary GOBA(206)
3.Lifford GOBA (120)
4.Drumbo/Northwest GOBA (174)
5.Limerick and Clare GOBA (243)
6.Western GOBA/Galway(245)
7. Northern GOBA/
Brandywell/Derry (165)
8. Kerry GOBA/ Tralee(183)
9.Wexford GOBA(72)

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: bit.ly/greyhoundguthealth

The Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeder’s Federation AGM 2023

The Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeder’s Federation AGM 2023

Held in The Kileeshin Hotel,Portlaoise, County Laois

AGM Agenda for March 29th 2023 at 7.30pm

Chairperson’s Report – Damian Matthews

Secretary’s Report – Deirdre Leahy

Treasurer’s Report – Susan Hayes

Adoption of the new constitution

Election of Officers –

Nominations Received:-

Chairperson – Damian Matthews

Vice-Chairperson – Theresa Holohan

Secretary – Deirdre Leahy

Treasurer – Susan Hayes

PRO – Jeannie Comerford

Motions to be discussed:-

1. Representation to the Board of G.R.I. to be similar to H.R.I.

2. Sales at various tracks.

3. Cost of living expenses.

4. Kennel inspections.

5. Seeking change to way payments are made from GRI for kennel refurbishment and injury funds.

6. More bitch races and more veteran’s races.

7. That a Breeder’s Benefit be introduced.

8. Any Other Business.

Chairperson’s Address 

Damian Matthews welcomed all in attendance and thanked all officers and delegates for their hard work and support.

In particular he gave thanks to our outgoing P.R.O. Julianne O’ Keeffe who excelled with youth engagement events which were much appreciated by all.

Events such as the Junior Nominator’s Competition during the Irish BoyleSports Greyhound Derby in 2022 and ‘A Day In The Life’ competition saw more young people get involved and getting young people involved is very important for the betterment of our sport.

Apologies from Theresa Holohan our Vice Chairperson who was unable to attend. Theresa has worked tirelessly with our secretary and others on our new constitution and we are very grateful for her efforts. The new constitution is more inclusive for all stakeholders.

Thanks also to everyone who helped run and support our very popular and successful Buster draw promotions.

Deirdre Leahy our secretary will give a summation of the work that The Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeder’s Federation has been doing since our previous AGM.

The one most important issue for The IGOBF this year will be our relentless efforts to seek increases for PRIZEMONEY for our breeders, owners, trainers and all stakeholders.

Secretary’s Report for The IGOBF meeting on 29th March 2023

1. The previous IGOBF AGM was held in 2021 on Tuesday 14th December at 7pm.

In attendance via Zoom were 29 Delegates representing members from the nine affiliated GOBAS ie Western, Tipperary, Northern, Kilkenny, Wexford, Kerry, Limerick/Clare, North West and Waterford.

In 2021, Damian Matthews was elected as Chairperson, Theresa Holohan Vice Chairperson, Secretary Deirdre Leahy and Treasurer Susan Hayes.

2. At The IGOBF Committee meeting Committee Meeting via Zoom 08/02/2022 Julianne O’Keeffe was proposed and seconded to be the P.R.O. for The IGOBF. This IGOBF committee meeting also discussed the launch of the second series of #Behindthetrack videos.

Link below


Discussions followed for the upcoming meeting with RCÉ on March 8th 2022.

The new CEO of RCÉ, Ms. Derbhla O’ Brien was in attendance at that meeting.

3. Meeting between RCÉ and The IGOBF on 8th March 2022 at Limerick. The minutes of this meeting are available on The IGOBF website.

Meeting between IGOBF and GRI – 8th March 2022 – IGOBF

4. IGOBF Zoom meeting on April 13th 2022 to review points of meeting held with RCÉ and review release of #BehindTheTrack 2 series which was sponsored by The IGOBF.

5. The National Consultative Forum was held on 31st May 2022 via Zoom. The IGOBF submitted 3 questions on behalf of members.



6. The IGOBF were represented at the Novice Racing Review Group and met with representatives from RCÉ in Newbridge on Wednesday 27th July 2022. The new rules for novice racing have been implemented since January 2023 and The IGOBF will be part of the ongoing review.

7. IGOBF Zoom meeting Tuesday October 4th 2022 re

*Stakeholders recent and upcoming meetings with politicians and various officials.

*The success of Junior Nominator Competition for the 2022 Irish Greyhound Derby.

*The IGOBF Sponsorship of The National Puppy Stake in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

*The IGOBF thank you to Virgin Media for their excellent tv coverage of the Boylesport’s Irish Greyhound Derby.

*The November Memorial nights racing to be held at stadia throughout the country again in 2022-this initiative was proposed by The Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeder’s Federation.

8. The IGOBF were represented by Geoff Parnaby and Deirdre Leahy at the National Consultative Forum in Newbridge Greyhound stadium on 8th December 2022 at 10.30 am. This meeting was minuted and all participants received a copy of the minutes.

9. Tuesday February 1st 2023 IGOBF Zoom Meeting re final drafting of a proposed new constitution. All Affiliated GOBAS have confirmed their support for the proposed new constitution for The Irish Greyhound Owner’s and Breeder’s Federation.

10. Meeting with RCÉ on Tuesday 23rd February 2023 at 12.30pm. The chairman of The Irish Owner’s and Breeder’s Federation,Damian Matthews informed the Board about our recent communications with senior officials and also with various politicians. He also outlined several key issues for members.

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

Some of the new IGOBF initiatives in 2022/2023 were

*A Day in the life Competition

Sponsored by IGOBF and promoted and published by the IGOBF PRO Julianne O’ Keeffe in April 2022.


*IGOBF sponsored Hallowe’en 2022 competitions for children and also the IGOBF Christmas 2022 competitions which were sponsored by a supporter of The IGOBF.

The winning drawings, photographs and entries were published on The Sporting Press and the IGOBF website.

*The IGOBF also sponsored a night at Derry and this was given extensive coverage on the Derry News and the Sporting Press on December 2022.

Derry Greyhounds: Beautiful Peggy honours her namesake on Remembrance Night – Derry Now

Derry Greyhounds: Rhylie & Finn, living the Derby dream – Derry Now

*Numerous supporters of IGOBF and greyhound racing have being very active on our social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok to promote and stand up for greyhound racing. #standupforracing.

We also promote rehoming and greyhound retirement/adoption. Specifically, we promote the rehoming of ex racing greyhounds through The Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT) and we thank our many ambassadors helping to promote and support our sport and promote adoption.

*The IGOBF have published a statement on the IGOBF website asking all owners/trainers to rehome all their retired greyhounds responsibly. We advocate that ex-racing greyhounds be adopted through the IRGT who are a PRO racing Rehoming charity and very worthy of our support.

*In recent weeks The IGOBF have supported publication and sharing a petition to support greyhound racing in Wales and many thanks to all who have helped with this campaign in particular our welfare ambassador, Lynda Bonner. It now has over 10,000 signatures.

The Welsh Government should support greyhound racing in Wales – Petitions

There were many other public/private meetings attended by IGOBF representatives at various local track venues and other venues in 2022/2023. eg.

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 RCÉ(b) Lifford update(c) update on the improvement plan and finances available for Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium.(d) Derby 2022

20th October 2022

Jackie Cahill TD organised that The IGOBF representatives would meet with officials from Department of Agriculture in Dublin. An agreed document was presented to the officials.

Proposals to government

Correspondence sent

Wednesday 12th October 2022 a  letter was sent to Minister Charlie McConalogue from Damian Matthews re the implications on changing the screening levels of dexamethasone.

Steering Group for IRGT Rehoming 

Deirdre Leahy represents The Irish Greyhound Owner’s and Breeder’s members on the IRGT steering group.

It hasn’t resumed since September 2022.

Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer Susan Hayes presented the report

Treasurers Report

Tom Caffery who is a director of  Clonmel Track thanked The IGOBF and Tipp GOBA for the sponsorship of their new sprinkler system and for their help with various projects and issues during the past year.

Adoption of new Constitution There was unanimous support for the new Constitution.

Election of Officers

The following officers were elected to The Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation for 2023/2024

Chairperson Damian Matthews

Vice Chairperson Theresa Holohan

Secretary Deirdre Leahy

Treasurer Susan Hayes

P.R.O. Jeanie Comerford

The IGOBF Committee Delegates for 2023/2024 

Geoff Parnaby, Pat Scully,John Keating,Kieran Connolly,Francine Jestin, Eilish McCann, Clare Hanley, Andrea McCann,Paddy Burke, Seanie McMahon, Tommy Hegarty, Rory Hickey, Julianne O’Keeffe, Tommy Mahoney

A number of motions were then discussed.

The following was agreed by those present

1. That Representation on the Board of RCÉ to be similar to H.R.I.and that The IGOBF would continue to advocate for this change.
2. That greyhound Sales at Thurles are being requested by owners and breeders and should be facilitated ASAP. Sales at Kilkenny and Cork recently were well received.
3. That The IGOBF would prioritize increasing prizemoney, lobby for the removal of vat from dog food and continue to fight against the new lower screening proposals for DEXAMETHASONE in knacker meat for racing greyhounds.
4. Kennel Inspection Protocols will be discussed at the next opportunity.
5. The request of more races for bitches and veterans will be relayed to RCÉ.
6. That proposals for a Breeder’s Benefit which involves a bonus targeting successful Irish breeding should be looked at. It is not an ‘incentive’ to breed. It is an Allowance that benefits and supports successful breeding.


Any Other Business 

We welcomed the support of a veterinarian surgeon from Tralee, County Kerry who has joined the Kerry GOBA. Richard Hurley, MVB MRCVS spoke very knowledgeably about recent challenges racing is encountering from anti racing elements who are sharing incorrect information and about our need to stand up for racing. The IGOBF are looking forward to advancing one of his suggested welfare information initiatives in conjunction with the support of RCÉ and the Kingdom stadium in Tralee.

Other discussions included very strong support for Youghal track,how we can support our sport by working ourselves to make the links with the GAA and the Benefit fundraisers. Limerick and Clare GOBAS have been very successful in this regard.

The Memorial Nights in November are an important link with everyone in the community so please promote them well.

Our new P.R.O. Jeanie Comerford has many new ideas that are being compiled and will be brought to RCÉ  and there was a positive sharing of knowledge as well as a commitment to collectively do our best to promote our sport and to stand up for greyhound racing.

The meeting concluded at 9.30pm

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.