Clonmel Greyhound Stadium’s €1.5m new grandstand was officially opened last week by Miniser of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes. The grandstand has been open since January but more than 800 people attended the stadium for last week’s event, in a town that is widely regarded as the ‘home of greyhound racing in Ireland’ according to Minister Hayes.
Speaking at the event Minister Hayes highlighted the immense contribution made by the greyhound racing industry noting that Bord na gCon estimates the industry injects €500 million into local economies per annum and sustains approximately 10,000 full and part-time jobs directly and indirectly, many in rural communities.
“These long-awaited new facilities are particularly welcome for those of us with a passion for this great industry, he said ”
He praised everyone involved in a ‘particular challenge’ for seeing the project through to completion in very difficult economic circumstances, on schedule and within budget.
Minister Hayes acknowledged the huge efforts made by chairman, Donal O’Connor and the entire Board of Clonmel Greyhound Stadium. He also paid tribute to the instrumental role played by the Clonmel Track Supporters Club who made a huge contribution through their sponsorship and have been ‘instrumental in maintaining the status of the fine facility as one of the best and most popular greyhound venues in the country’.
He acknowledged Bord na gCon’s support which he said was key to delivering on this development, providing financial assistance to the tune of €1m.