Ian Fortune

It seems quite surreal to say the following words but on Monday evening Longford track closed their doors for the last time following the announcement on their facebook page that it would be their final meeting.

The track which opened in 1939 has been part of the local community ever since and the closure will leave a massive hole in the greyhound racing landscape. The racing surface has always been amongst the best in the land, with the track used by many of Ireland’s top handlers for schooling purposes.

The staff, management and supporters of Longford have done all they could over the past year in an attempt to secure the future of the track but, alas, the recent Indecon Report, allied with the on-going Covid 19 pandemic, means that they were forced to close their doors to little fanfare.

For the record, the final race was a fitting tribute to a track that has provided so many great memories over the years with the judge unable to separate Gallant Boy and Scally Gigi. To those that called Longford home, there will be little consolation in the fact that the track has played a very important part in the sport over the past seventy nine years. Its legacy will continue.

The statement on Longford’s facebook page reads:

“Sadly, on Monday March 23rd Longford Greyhound Stadium will hold its last race meeting. Unfortunately, in accordance with IGB guidelines No public admissions will be allowed. A one person admitted per dog policy will be strictly adhered to.
Thank you to all our friends who have supported us over the years...you made the track what it is.”