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.

Thank You for Supporting The IGOBF English Derby Buster Draw

Congratulations Margaret Nolan The winner of the €5,000 prize in the IGOBF English Derby Buster Draw is Margaret Nolan from County Kildare. Margaret is a long time owner and breeder of greyhounds and is 85 years young. Margaret is a regular visitor...

Congratulations Margaret Nolan

4-2-5-6-3-1 Congratulations to Margaret Nolan from County Kildare who is the winner of the IGOBF English Derby Buster Draw 2022.   https://www.igobf.org/thanks-for-your-support/



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.