Michael Fortune

Northern Irish greyhound followers were rocked this morning with the shock news that Drumbo Greyhound Stadium is to close with immediate effect.

In a statement issued the directors stated that “the business was no longer sustainable”. They blame the shortage of greyhounds, the impact of online gambling and Northern Ireland’s “restrictive” licensing laws. They also pointed out that, unlike the greyhound tracks in the Republic of Ireland, Drumbo Park received no Government funding.

Formerly known as Ballyskeagh, the stadium was taken over in 2008 by businessmen John McCollum, Michael McAdam and Tommy Anderson.

The statement stated that “in the past two years the directors invested substantial resources in an effort to turn the business around but a decision had to be taken that it was no longer viable. The 14 full-time and 30 part-time staff were informed on Friday morning. The Directors would like to thank the staff, customers and dog owners for their support and dedication over the past decade”.