For clubs or other groups looking to raise money, a night at the dogs is one of the most social and enjoyable ways of going about it.
Depending on the numbers you expect to attract, you can attend an existing night in Tralee – or even stage a one-off night that’s all about your group.
You’ll enjoy a discounted rate on general admission, plus a range of special offers from our bar and restaurant.
Every year millions of euro is raised for clubs, organisations, schools and charities at local Greyhound Stadia right across Ireland. So not alone can you raise some badly needed funds, but your club members and their friends can enjoy a great night out at the same time, building an even stronger club spirit.
Among the facilities at Tralee are:
Free Parking Restaurant Fast Food Private Suite Outer terrace Unreserved Seating
Raising funds for your good cause & the IRGT
Did you know that 2% of ALL winning prizemoney is donated to the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust? And that the Irish Greyhound Board then match that amount in another donation?
So that means that not only is your cause raising funds from your fundraising event but so is the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT).
We are a voluntary organisation located in East Kerry that came together a number of years ago to provide recreational facilities for Barraduff and the surrounding areas. The name of the organisation is The Barraduff Community Field Organisation. It is a completely voluntary organisation and it has charitable status. We approached South Kerry Development Partnership to secure funding to develop a six and half acre site that was owned in trust for the community and after a Feasibility Study to determine the needs of the area, we were granted 500K euro in grant aid under the Leader programme but we would need to match it with 170k euro of our own in order for the project to go ahead. This was a huge task so after much discussion we decided that we would have to come up with some very good ideas as far as a fundraising strategy was concerned.
So one of the first suggestions that was made was that we would enquire about running “A night at the dogs” and I must say that it proved to be a winner from the word go. We invited Declan Dowling from The kingdom Greyhound Track Tralee to our meeting and he gave us a great insight as to what was involved in running a successful event, he left us in no doubt that there would be a lot of hard work involved but he assured us that if we would be prepared to put in the work it would pay off handsomely.
So after discussion we decided that we would concentrate on three options. Firstly getting each of the races sponsored to the tune of 1k euro each. Secondly we would run a Buster race, selling tickets for 20euro each and as there are seven hundred and twenty combinations as to how a race can finish it meant that we would have to sell all the tickets to cover all the combinations. These tickets also admitted two adults and two children in to the stadium on the race night. We also decided to produce a book of ads on the night at 100euro for a full page or 50euro for a half page ad.
The first thing that we did about four months before the event is that we got all the races sponsored then at about three months we canvassed for adverts for the book and we secured a one hundred and sixty page book, and then at about two months we set about selling the Buster race tickets at 20 euro each. We got great support from the surrounding areas. Any help that we needed from The kingdom Greyhound Track and particularly Declan Dowling was always forthcoming and we found them a pleasure to work with.
On the night itself we had two buses from the area travelling to the stadium as well as several car loads of people and we had a wonderful night. Everyone enjoyed it immensely and spoke about it for a long time afterwards. It made almost forty thousand euro for the Barraduff Community Field Organisation and we found it a great experience and we would recommend it to any group that would be interested in running a good fundraising event. It was also a good fun night out and enjoyed by young and old. I would have no hesitation in saying that it was a very positive experience.
Liam Warren. Director. Barraduff Community field Organisation Ltd.