Greyhound Racing in Ireland | GREY2K USA Worldwide

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 2020, 2,146 greyhounds suffered injuries and 715 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 IGB-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 2019, there were 2,324 litters registered in the Irish Greyhound Stud Book, a decrease of 23% since 2010.6

Irish greyhound breeders receive government funding through the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund. Between 2001 through 2019 more than €250 million will have been paid out IGB from this Fund.7

Dog racing is regulated and promoted by the Irish Greyhound Board, a semi-state commercial body. The IGB 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 2019 the turnover, or amount bet by gamblers, at the IGB licensed tracks was €23 million.10 Since 2010, the turnover has declined by 30%.11

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  1. IGB Business Model Analysis. September 29, 2017.
  2. “At tracks around Ireland in 2020, 255 greyhounds suffered injuries and 90 were killed” Irish Council Against Bloodsports,, January 30, 2021 (accessed March 16, 2021).
  3. Horgan-Jones, Jack. "Attendance at greyhound tracks drops 20% after RTÉ Exposé." The Irish Times. September 19, 2019.
  4. IGB Business Model Analysis. September 29, 2017.
  5. RTÉ Investigates: Greyhounds Running For Their Lives. RTÉ Player. June 26, 2019.
  6. Floyd Amphlett, “Registrations and Litters Both Down,” Greyhound Star,, January 23, 2020 (accessed April 1, 2020); “Greyhound Numbers.” Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland.
  7. Greyhound Industry (Racing) Regulations, 2007 (No. 302 of 2007).
  8. Welfare of Greyhounds Act, 2011 (No. 29 of 2011).
  9. Sean McCarthaigh, Greyhound racing profits fall in ‘year of two halves, Irish Examiner, p.4., November 16, 2020 (accessed March 17, 2021).
  10. "Greyhound industry gets another €16 million in Budget 2018," Ban Bloodsports. October 10, 2017. 2019’s subsidy rose to €16.8 million; million (“Greyhound racing in Ireland is in 'serious decline'”). Irish Council Against Bloodsports. January 21, 2019.
  11. Horgan-Jones, Jack. "Attendance at greyhound tracks drops 20% after RTÉ Exposé." The Irish Times. September 19, 2019.

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