Longford Greyhound Stadium closes its doors this month

Jessica Thompson

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Jessica Thompson

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Longford Greyhound Stadium to cease operation at the end of August

Longford Greyhound Stadium will cease operations and close at the end of this month.

The stadium has been met with a number of challenging economic conditions over the last number of years, including falling attendances, a current requirement for expensive fire safety works and rising insurance costs.

In a statement, Longford Greyhound Stadium said: "Our insurance premium quote for this year was more than double the amount paid last year, reflecting challenges across the wider sports, entertainment and hospitality sectors.

"Even if the stadium could find the money needed to pay these bills, this would only be a short term measure without further financial assistance from the IGB. The IGB have stated that it is not within their mandate to offer assistance in meeting any of these costs."

Longford Greyhound Stadium first opened in 1939 and like a number of tracks across the country, has a vast history, culture and tradition attached to it. The stadium is in its eightieth year of business and the greyhound industry has changed immeasurably in that time.

"Longford has had a strong greyhound racing tradition for generations, with the track being a signature ‘schooling’ track for young greyhounds. Many greyhounds and their connections have gone on to achieve great things in the industry after laying down their roots in Longford. We thank them for their participation and support over eight decades," the statement continued.

"We have been fortunate to receive wonderful support from many prominent local businesses throughout our 80 years. We would like to thank all of those that have provided sponsorship to events at Longford Greyhound Stadium, however big or small.

"We would like to also thank landlord Howard Wallace for his brilliant support through sponsorship and continued free rent throughout the years .

"To all who have ever passed through the turnstiles at Longford Greyhound Stadium, we thank you as well. You have enjoyed many nights here over the years and we have enjoyed providing high quality greyhound racing for you.

"We wish the very best to all involved in the Irish greyhound industry in the years ahead."

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