At a meeting held at the track on August 15th a survival plan for the future of Longford Greyhound Stadium was discussed. Over 100 people from all over Ireland attended and heard that basically there are 2 options for the track:
* Close down on Friday August 23rd
* Deal with the urgent issues raised by the Fire Officer and other financial requirements by raising funds immediately.
It is estimated that if we raised 25,000 in the next 2 weeks that racing at the track could continue to October.
It was clearly pointed out that raising these funds will NOT guarantee that racing will continue after October. The track will also require a further 20,000 to survive after that.
Basically its a big gamble, but faced with the other option of closing immediately those in attendance decided unanimously to fight for the future of the track. The Longford Track Supporters Club have formed a fundraising committee with the aim of raising 25,000 as soon as possible. This figure is easily attainable as the goodwill is there. We are asking owners, trainers and anyone worldwide with an interest in greyhound racing to contribute to the fund.
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Very sorry to hear Tina,but in the name of god what are they spending the 16m every year that they cant help these two tracks that has closed in the last two days
The IGB get 16.8 million per year from the Governments horse & greyhound fund to run this industry, that is equal to 323.000+ per week to keep the show on the road, when you take out the large IGB salaries which amounts to 13.4 million per year that leaves 3.4 million to provide for everything else, it does not stack up, where is all the money going? the IGB yearly accounts are still not published WHY??? the books are in a total mess again & again & again, how much more has to happen before it will become clean to everyone what is happening, i am not writing this for the crack its facts and if we dont get this board shifted they will shift us all JMHO.
So tell me Dave....What is your Limited Company planning to do to help GREYHOUND OWNERS AND RACERS..........
Apart from you coming onto Data and talking IGB hate.....what else have you done because the last few weeks your whole Company has been Notable only by its abscence????
Please answer we are really interterested..
David Ryan Ireland (Verified User) Posts 27 Dogs 0 / Races 0 10 Aug 2019 12:02
Didn't Tony Walsh in the RTE show that he starred in and your lot supported, ask for all funding to be stopped !. Talk about hypocrisy, you "shifted" this industry and everyone in it JMHO.
John Ryan Ireland (Verified User) Posts 10 Dogs 0 / Races 0 10 Aug 2019 14:24
I AM RACING GREYHOHNDS IN lONGFORD FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS. Friday morning 9/8/19 we were told that would cease at the end of august this means the end of greyhound racing for me and many many more loyal people that love their dogs . 80 years of greyhound racing gone forever . To make matters worse i am looking at posts here that have nothing to do with longfords demise . You people that are on here purporting to represent decent dog people frankly its embarrassing .If i was to stay in racing i wouldnt want any of you people representing me .
Tina Mc Grane (Verified User) Posts 347 Dogs 0 / Races 0 13 Aug 2019 11:20
Due to an error in the draw last night the draw for the Final of the Liam Clancy & Harry Ryan Memorial Longford Derby was redrawn at trials this morning. Below is the correct draw. The Final will take place on FRIDAY 23RD August. Apologies for the error
Tina Mc Grane (Verified User) Posts 347 Dogs 0 / Races 0 15 Aug 2019 07:31
Reminder : Meeting tonight at the track at 7.30pm. This is it...time is running out. Longford needs your help. Please try to attend
Tina Mc Grane (Verified User) Posts 347 Dogs 0 / Races 0 19 Aug 2019 07:42
Longford are racing tonight and also on Friday night. Friday night will feature the Final of the 5000 to the winner Liam Clancy & Harry Ryan Memorial Longford Derby. The fundraising effort is building momentum. Between donations so far and the GoFundMe page we have about 8000 raised since last Thursday night. We are hoping that this will rise considerably tonight. Its important to keep the momentum going as time is running out. I will post an update on the figure tomorrow. Thanks so much to the Greyhound Data team who have a pop up on this page to lead people to our Gofundme page this week. We really appreciate your help!
Tina Mc Grane (Verified User) Posts 347 Dogs 0 / Races 0 20 Aug 2019 20:04
Longford Track Supporters Club Fundraiser: The response to our fundraising drive has been truly amazing! The donations have been coming in from far and wide. Thank you to every single one of you. It is very heartening. Between donations at the track, bank transfers and our GoFundMe page we have passed the 19.000 mark! We need to keep the momentum going now as our first deadline is Monday August 26th. Thank you to the Greyhound Data team who have created a link straight to our GoFundMe account ! We really appreciate your help. We hope to see as many as possible of you at the Final of the Liam Clancy & Harry Ryan Memorial Longford Derby on Friday night !