A Cork woman has received recognition for her work with retired greyhounds at the 2018 National Greyhound Awards.
Bridget Murphy, from Ovens, received a Welfare Award from the Irish Greyhound Board, along with Patricia Tobin (Tipperary) and Robert and Lesley Pullen (Galway).
Ms Murphy established the Friends of Cork Greyhounds group in 2017.
This organisation promotes retired greyhounds as pets on race nights at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium and in general throughout Cork.
She has also attended the Cork County Show and Cork Pet Expo with her retired greyhounds and has successfully rehomed greyhounds into family homes in the Cork and Kerry areas.
Ms Murphy also took part in the Irish Greyhound Board’s ‘Our People, Their Stories’ last year, focusing on the work of volunteers with retired racing greyhounds.
“It’s great to accept this award on behalf of everyone that has made their greyhounds available for rehoming, as well as those that gave our retired competitors their forever home,” she said.
Meanwhile, Irish Greyhound Derby 2018 winner Ballyanne Sim was awarded ‘Dog of the Year’, ahead of the Patrick Guilfoyle-trained Cabra Hurricane, winner of the Night of Stars 525 race, and Slippy Cian, trained by Graham Holland and owned by Limerick’s Full House Syndicate.
Ballyanne Sim was also chosen as the ‘Supreme Greyhound’ award recipient at the event in the Killashee Hotel in Naas, Co. Kildare.
The ‘Special Merit’ was presented to Bob Shanahan and Tim Keane, regular attendees at Limerick Greyhound Stadium and members of the local Advisory Council, with the ‘Hall of Fame’ award presented to Waterford’s Gerry Kiely.
“I wish to congratulate all of those who received prizes at the National Greyhound Awards 2018, as well as all of those who received nominations,” said Gerard Dollard, CEO of the IGB.
“The ceremony showcases the very best that our sport has to offer, in both canine and human form.
“The awards show the high standards our industry is reaching, both on the track in racing terms, and off it in terms of welfare and excellent service to the greyhound racing sector.”