AFTER months of hard work, supporters of the Youghal Greyhound Track finally got the news they had been waiting for.
This week, the Irish Greyhound Board announced that following extensive engagement with representatives of Enniscorthy and Youghal Greyhound Tracks, individual agreements have been concluded with both tracks to continue in operation to the end of 2022 subject to a review in quarter 4 of 2021.
Back in December of last year, the Irish Greyhound Board announced that Youghal track, along with three others, Enniscorthy, Lifford and Longford were all set to close. Since that announcement, members of the Youghal Track Supporters Club have worked extremely hard to put a plan in place that could keep the track in operation. Huge work went into the submission, the track had the backing of people from all over the country along with local politicians and TD'S. Over the last few months, the word of the street was good and that news was confirmed this week.
Frank Nyhan, Chairman IGB said: ‘The May 2020 Indecon report provided an opportunity to Enniscorthy and Youghal to address challenges and issues identified by Indecon and for key performance measures to be set. It also envisaged a fixed period of time to be set for an improvement in the financial sustainability of both tracks. While we are all keenly aware of the very significant challenges facing the greyhound industry, I must compliment the representatives of both tracks for the positive manner in which they engaged in the discussions and the clear commitment that is there to improve the sustainability of these tracks. The IGB, for its part, will continue to promote the greyhound industry and make every effort to support operations across the entire sector in what is currently a very difficult operating environment for all.’ Paidi Walsh, Chairman of Youghal Track Supporters Club said:
‘Youghal Greyhound Stadium welcomes the decision by the IGB to continue our operations at Youghal until the end of 2022. We thank the IGB for their engagement with us to date in a consultative process. IGB have recognised the dedication of all at Youghal and they have acknowledged the commitment we have to work with them in improving the sustainability of the track. We look forward to the opportunity to continue working with the IGB to ensure that greyhound racing remains at Youghal long into the future.’ Obviously, at the moment, racing is behind closed doors at racing tracks around the country. However, Youghal track is currently holding 13 races per night, which is a record number of races on a night for the seaside track. A sign of how well the track is operating and supported. 10 of those races each night are streamed into betting shops across the world which brings in plenty of funds for the Irish Greyhound Board.