16 Tracks

There are currently sixteen licensed dog tracks in the Emerald Isle. As of the end of 2015, there were 3,351 greyhounds in the pool of racing dogs.1

From 2015 through 2023, 3,041 greyhounds suffered injuries and 1,125 greyhounds were killed at Irish tracks. 2

On June 26, 2019, RTÉ News aired a program entitled RTÉ Investigates: Greyhounds Running For Their Lives. The investigation revealed that nearly 6,000 Irish greyhounds are killed each year.3 In addition, according to an GRI-commissioned report that was completed in 2017, the Irish greyhound industry breeds 1,000% more puppies than it needs to conduct racing.4 The program also highlighted the merciless killing of unwanted greyhounds at Irish knackeries or slaughterhouses, drugging dogs to fix races, track injuries and deaths. 5

The majority of greyhounds racing in Ireland are bred in the country. In 2023, there were 1,691 litters registered in the Irish Greyhound Stud Book, a decrease of 44% since 2010.6

Irish greyhound breeders receive government funding through the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund. Between 2001 through 2024 more than €300 million will have been paid out GRI from this Fund.7

Dog racing is regulated and promoted by the Irish Greyhound Board, a semi-state commercial body. The GRI has Racing Regulations that include rules for betting and prize money, doping policies and requirements for racing officials.8 Additionally, the Irish government passed the Welfare of Greyhounds Act in 2011 that sets standards for certain greyhound breeding operations and general welfare requirements for housing, transport and record keeping.9

Wagering on greyhound racing is legal in Ireland. In 2022 the turnover, or amount bet by gamblers, at the GRI licensed tracks was €18.9 million.10 Since 2010, the turnover has declined by 43%.11

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  1. IGB Business Model Analysis, September 29, 2017, igb.ie.
  2. "Greyhound injuries and deaths at Irish greyhound tracks," Irish Council Against Bloodsports, banbloodsports.com, March 27, 2019 (accessed March 22, 2024).
  3. Horgan-Jones, Jack, "Attendance at greyhound tracks drops 20% after RTÉ Exposé", The Irish Times, September 19, 2019, irishtimes.com.
  4. IGB Business Model Analysis, September 29, 2017, igb.ie.
  5. RTÉ Investigates: Greyhounds Running For Their Lives, RTÉ Player, June 26, 2019, rte.ie.
  6. Floyd Amphlett, “Tuesday Round Up”, Greyhound Star, greyhoundstar.co.uk, January 9, 2024 (accessed January 10, 2024).
  7. "Cork Camogie club urged to say NO to greyhound track fundraiser", Irish Council Against Bloodsports, banbloodsports.com, November 15, 2023 (accessed January 10, 2024).
  8. Greyhound Industry (Racing) Regulations, 2007, (No. 302 of 2007).
  9. Welfare of Greyhounds Act, 2011, (No. 29 of 2011).
  10. "Annual Report 2022", Greyhound Racing Ireland, grireland.ie 2022, (accessed January 10, 2024).
  11. Data on file with GREY2K USA Worldwide.

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