Number of Tracks: 16


The greyhound racing industry in the Republic of Ireland is regulated and promoted by the commercial semi-state body the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB), also known as Bord na gCon. There are currently 16 IGB-licensed greyhound racing tracks, of which 8 are owned and controlled by the Board. As of February 2013, there were 4,280 greyhounds in the pool of racing dogs.1

In the Republic of Ireland the greyhound racing industry receives government funding through the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund. Between 2005 through 2015 over €140 million will have been paid out to the IGB from this Fund.2

The majority of greyhounds racing in Ireland are bred in the country. In 2013, there were 2,736 litters registered in the Irish Greyhound Stud Book, a decrease of 36.6% since 2006.3

The IGB has Racing Regulations that include rules for betting and prize money, doping policies and requirements for racing officials.4 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.5

Wagering on greyhound racing is legal in Ireland. In 2015, the turnover, or amount bet by gamblers, at the IGB licensed tracks was €23.4 million.6 Since 2005, the turnover has declined by 62.6%.7

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