Legendary Cork GAA figure Jimmy Barry Murphy is to front a newly formed Committee seeking sponsorship for the Irish Laurels, ran annually at Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium.
The Laurels is Cork’s biggest and richest annual greyhound race and one of Ireland’s oldest ‘Classic’ events. It is one of the most prestigious events in the Irish greyhound racing calendar.
The Committee has held recent discussions with the management of Curraheen Park and the Irish Greyhound Board and are now proposing to raise sponsorship from within the greyhound fraternity and Cork’s business community for the event.
Jimmy Barry Murphy commented: “I have a huge passion for greyhound racing and there is a strong greyhound community here in Cork. Cork has more greyhound owners than any other county in Ireland. We are asking for contributions from our friends in the greyhound fraternity and the business community to help with supporting the 2019 Irish Laurels. Any and all contributions will be most welcome, however big or small. By pulling together we can ensure the Laurels will be a successful showpiece and continue to remain a highlight in the greyhound racing calendar.”
Last year’s event was won by Rockybay Foley, for popular local trainer Kieran Lynch and owner Chrissie Slyne, who took home the €30,000 winning prize in a time of 28.27 seconds.
The 2019 Laurels will begin on Saturday, 28th September and run for four consecutive Saturdays, with the final being held on Saturday, October 19th.