CORK woman Bridget Murphy is to receive a Welfare Award at the National Greyhound Racing Awards later this month in recognition of her work with retired greyhounds.
Bridget, from Ovens, 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.
Bridget 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.
She previously told The Echo: “It all started in the autumn of 2017. Willie Rigney and Barry Coleman started the Strolls to Gain Homes and there was one organised for Cork, unfortunately only a handful turned up.
“Before we left, we made a meeting date for Curraheen Park and at that meeting, we decided to set up our own support group to promote both greyhound racing and show how greyhounds make great pets.
“We met the following Tuesday, eight turned up and that’s how it all started.
“We have hosted a number of walks and it’s growing all the time.
“We are trying to get people out there with their greyhounds, pets, and meet the people.
“We now have greyhounds at the door for benefit nights and large finals to welcome customers, so they get a chance to meet one of our Friends of Cork Greyhounds Ambassadors.
“People love to meet the greyhounds at the stadium.
“Some people have never actually touched a greyhound, so it is a great opportunity to meet them up close and personal and see what fantastic temperaments they have!”