Cork Greyhound Stadium

Cork Greyhound Stadium was a greyhound racing stadium on Western Road in Cork, Munster.[1] It is not to be confused with Curraheen Park.

Cork Greyhound Stadium
LocationWestern Road, Cork, Munster
Coordinates51°53′35.1″N 8°30′00.3″W / 51.893083°N 8.500083°W / 51.893083; -8.500083
Opened1936
Closed2000

OriginsEdit

The first greyhound track in Cork was known as The Show Grounds Greyhound Track and ran from 1928-1935 but closed on 20 September 1935 following the decision to relocate to a site nearer the city centre. The site chosen was between Western Road and the north bank of the River Lee near the Wellington Bridge.[2]

OpeningEdit

Less than one year after the closure of the circuit at the Showgrounds the second Cork track opened for business on 13 June 1936. Pat O’Brien was installed as the manager.[3]

HistoryEdit

The Irish provincial tracks pressured the Irish Coursing Club for the right to stage Ireland's premier event, the Irish Greyhound Derby which had been exclusively run in Dublin. During a vote in 1939 the club agreed to let Limerick host the race followed by Cork in 1941 but due to the Foot-and-mouth disease in 1941 racing had ceased and when the ban on racing was lifted Cork unfortunately ruled themselves out from being able to host the event at such short notice.[4][5]

In 1942 the chance to hold the Derby was taken despite the fact that Cork could not match the prize money offered by the Dublin tracks. Record crowds attended the event won by Uacterlainn Riac. Cork never hosted the Derby again but in 1944 the Laurels was inaugurated at the track over 500 yards and would soon become a classic race.[6]

The Oaks was held at the track twice in 1939 and 1943 and a competition originally named the Pegasus Cup was also introduced. The Pegasus Cup was renamed the Perpetual Challenge Trophy and later the Guinness Trophy. The Bord na gCon installed a new totalisator system at four tracks including Cork in 1960 and one year later the Laurels switched to the slightly longer distance of 525 yards. Laurels winners included Spanish Chestnut in 1949 and 1950 and the legendary Spanish Battleship took the competition in 1955. Cork bookmakers Liam Cashman sponsored the event for many years.[3]

The Bord na gCon purchased the stadium in 1969 safeguarding the future of the track from redevelopment. The circumference of the track was 445 yards which consisted of race distances of 300, 310, 500, 525, 550, 70, 745 and 525 hurdles.[citation needed]

ClosureEdit

By the late 1980s the facilities were struggling to cope with the large Cork attendances and the Bord na gCon sold the site of the greyhound track in Cork in 1996 and purchased a green-field site in Curraheen on the western fringes of the city with the intention of building a brand new facility there. It took until the year 2000 for the Bord na gCon plans of a new track in Cork to come to fruition. The Western Road venue was redeveloped into the Western Gateway Building (science building of the University College Cork).[7]

CompetitionsEdit

Track recordsEdit

Yards Greyhound Time Date Notes
300 Lucky Blunder 16.60 29 July 1967
300 Bunny Browney 16.50 6 September 1973
300 Hidden Fortune 16.50 8 September 1973
300 Moonshine Again 16.45 13 May 1978
300 Ballygarvan What =16.45 1981
300 Odell Supreme 16.43 30 August 1986
300 Sarahs Moth 16.35 29 September 1989
300 Moyra Road 16.00 8 November 1995
310 Blondsman 17.50 1950
310 Odd Crest 17.20 8 August 1975
500 Double Shadow 28.82 1950
500 Spanish Battleship[8] 28.30 29 August 1955 Irish Laurels first round
500 Last Lap 28.15 1960
500 Prince of Bermuda 27.95 12 September 1956
525 Clogher Cross 29.96 1950
525 Socks On[9] 29.64 May 1957
525 Kilcaskin Kern[9] 29.45 May 1957
525 Dark Baby 29.40 1962
525 Tanyard Heather 29.20 1964
525 Wandering Sailor =29.20 1970
525 Ivy Hall Flash 29.10 29 October 1971
525 Kilbracken Style 29.10 8 September 1973
525 Allemaine 29.05 30 October 1978
525 Knockrour Slave 29.00 30 August 1980
525 Parkdown Jet =29.00 1981
525 The Stranger [10] 28.95 4 September 1982 Irish Laurels Final
525 Airmount Grand[11] 28.94 3 July 1989 Irish Laurels 2nd round
525 Airmount Grand[11] 28.89 8 July 1989 Irish Laurels semi final
525 Airmount Grand 28.82 15 July 1989 Irish Laurels Final
525 Adraville Bridge 28.78 14 July 1990 Irish Laurels Final
525 Live Contender 28.50 17 November 1990
550 Gorriencoona Border 31.40 Pre 1949
550 Spanish Lad 31.00 7 October 1949
700 Muskerry Cream 40.85 1950
700 Lucky Break 40.00 30 May 1964
700 Anner Duke 39.80 15 May 1982
700 Kilcommon Cross 39.70 14 July 1990
745 Pure Hand 43.00 19 May 1962
745 Wings of the Morning =43.00 23 June 1962
745 Dempseys Glory 42.95 15 September 1973
745 Experience 42.80 5 September 1981
525 H Deputy Lieutenant 30.74 1950
525 H Ashgrove Look 30.15 11 July 1966
525 H Race Riot 29.75 7 July 1973

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Genders, Roy (1975). The Greyhound and Racing Greyhound. Page Brothers (Norwich). ISBN 0-85020-0474.
  2. ^ "Cork". Irish maps. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b Comyn, John. 50 Years of Greyhound Racing in Ireland. Aherlow Publishers Ltd.
  4. ^ Fortune, Michael. Irish Greyhound Derby 1932-1981. Victory Irish Promotions Ltd.
  5. ^ Fortune, Michael. The 75 Years History of the Irish Greyhound Derby. Irish Greyhound Review. ISSN 0332-3536.
  6. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  7. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2002). Greyhound Annual 2003. Raceform. ISBN 1-904317-07-3.
  8. ^ "Spanish Bbattleship's new record". Wicklow People. 3 September 1955. p. 7 – via British Newspaper Archives.
  9. ^ a b "REMEMBER WHEN: MAY". Greyhound Star. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Monthly Greyhound Star (Remember When 1982) September edition". Greyhound Star.
  11. ^ a b "Airmount to win Laurels". Evening Herald. 15 July 1989. p. 34 – via British Newspaper Archives.