Sudden closure of Northern greyhound song sends shockwaves by sport – Derry Now

Greyhound racing followers within the north-west had been scared currently to learn that Drumbo Greyhound Stadium, come Lisburn, is to shut with instant pause.

In a assertion issued the directors acknowledged that “the industry used to be no longer sustainable”.

Thirty corpulent-time and 14 piece-time workers will lose their jobs.

The directors blame the dearth of greyhounds, the impression of online playing and Northern Ireland’s “restrictive” licensing legal pointers.

They moreover pointed out that unlike the greyhound tracks within the Republic of Ireland, Drumbo Park got no Govt funding.

The closure will seemingly be greeted with fear in Derry and Donegal as neatly.

Many greyhound house owners, trainers and followers from the north-west delight in attended conferences on the Lisburn venue.

The stadium, which used to be beforehand generally known as Ballyskeagh,  used to be taken over in 2008 by businessmen John McCollum, Michael McAdam and Tommy Anderson.

In the assertion, released by the directors, they acknowledged that they had “invested astronomical sources” so that you just can flip the industry round, but they now preserve that it is no longer viable.

The Drumbo Park internet page now has the next describe (below) on its internet page dwelling page.

Donegal has one greyhound stadium, in Lifford. It is miles on the 2d within the marketplace for sale and is enviornment to a foremost evaluate – alongside with 15 diversified stadia within the Republic, by a firm of consultants.

At the height of the enhance, Lifford had racing three nights every week. It on the 2d most attention-grabbing has racing on Saturdays.

In Derry, a brand contemporary Brandywell song used to be opened closing 365 days. Racing takes feature on Monday nights.

The Irish Greyhound Board has licensed a total of seventeen tracks within the Republic, of which 9 are owned and managed by the Board. The rest (alongside with Lifford) are owned and operated by deepest enterprise.

The Irish Greyhound Board,  is a semi-train body within the Republic, and would now not delight in any preserve a watch on or funding within the Northern tracks in Derry or Lisburn.

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