Curraheen Park

Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium is a greyhound racing track located in Bishopstown, west of Cork, County Cork, Ireland.[1]

Curraheen Park
LocationCurraheen Road, Bishopstown, County Cork, Ireland
Coordinates51°52′34″N 8°32′59″W / 51.876142°N 8.549856°W / 51.876142; -8.549856Coordinates: 51°52′34″N 8°32′59″W / 51.876142°N 8.549856°W / 51.876142; -8.549856
Operated byGreyhound Racing Ireland
Date opened2000
Race typegreyhound racing
Official website

Racing takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening and the facilities include the grandstand Laurels restaurant, fast food facilities, a number of bars, totalisator betting and ample seating. [2]

Race distances are 330, 525, 550, 575, and 750 yards and the feature competitions at the track is the Laurels.[3]

HistoryEdit

Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium is situated to the west of Cork on the Curraheen Road in Bishopstown. The track opened in the year 2000 as a replacement for the previous track the Cork (Western Road) Greyhound Stadium which is now the Western Gateway Building (science building of the University College Cork). The stadium is a third generation Cork Greyhound Stadium with the first two being The Show Grounds Greyhound Track (1928-1935) and then the previously mentioned Western Road stadium (1936-1996). [4]

The sale of the old track enabled the Bord na gCon to fund a new stadium with modern facilities).[5] The new stadium opened on 8 April 2000 costing IR£8.5 million and included a wonderful glass fronted grandstand as the centrepiece (the glass alone cost IR£400,000). The new track offered distances of 330, 525, 550, 575 & 700 yards and the long serving Noel Holland remained as the Racing Manager but would retire in 2004. The Laurels remains the primary competition held at the track and since 2000 winners have included Sonic Flight, Ardkill Jamie and Razldazl Rioga.

Following the closure of Harolds Cross in 2017 the Grand National was brought to the track.[6]

CompetitionsEdit

Current track recordsEdit

[7]

Yards Greyhound Time Date Notes
330 Quietly [8] 17.14 12 March 2016
525 Curious Boy [9] 27.85 25 June 2016 Laurels heats
550 Killmacdonagh [10] 29.07 29 June 2019 The Shelley Fennely Memorial Final
575 Nikita Billie [11] 30.62 12 July 2003
750 Airmount Tess [12] 41.02 03 June 2017 Barry's Tea Open Stake Semi-Final
810 Shelbourne Kay [13] 45.58 11 June 2005
810 Slick Season [14] 45.58 18 March 2011
525 H Comeout Russell [15] 28.59 11 July 2015

Former track recordsEdit

Extended content

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Yards Greyhound Time Date Notes
330 Quarrymount Rory 17.47 20.09.2000
330 Kilboy Oak 17.44 13.03.2004
330 Paulo Coelho 17.40 17.03.2004
330 Leeview Dave 17.34 13.10.2012
525 Moyne Rebel 28.25 07.10.2000
525 Rutland Budgie 28.25 25.10.2001
525 Larkhill River 28.21 28.09.2002
525 Coolmona Dave 28.14 14.06.2003
525 Fat Budgie 28.08 15.05.2004
525 Ardkill Jamie 28.03 23.09.2006
525 Droopys Robinho 28.03 29.09.2007
525 Ballymac Vic 27.94 29.09.2012
550 Owenabue River 29.90 02.08.2001
550 Longvalley Tina 29.84 26.02.2002
550 Confident Choice 29.74 24.10.2002
550 Minglers Prime 29.66 23.11.2002
550 Make All 29.46 20.03.2004
550 Goldstar Lee 29.42 21.10.2006
550 Ghost Town 29.36 28.16.2014
550 Velvet John Joe 29.32 22 July 2017
550 Killmacdonagh [17] 29.15 22 June 2019
700 Drifting Tide 38.80 04.08.2001
700 Hello Bud 38.74 24.11.2001
700 Blue Boomer 38.61 18.05.2002
750 Air Force Honcho 41.53 30.10.2003
750 Kilquane Lass 41.51 22.11.2003
750 Guess Whos Comin 41.41 20.11.2004
750 Heart Rumble 41.30 13.05.2006
750 Woe Katie 41.22 31.05.2014
750 Woe Katie 41.19 14.06.2014
750 Fire Height Amy 41.14 06.06.2015
525 H Hilldun Pat 30.31 17.08.2002
525 H Top Lark 29.50 30.10.2004
525 H Top Lark 29.18 29.10.2005
525 H Bay Star 28.99 21.10.2006
525 H Kiel Razzle 28.84 20.06.2014
525 H Shouragh Matty 28.78 28.06.2014
550 H Lenson Returns 31.16 14.09.2000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium". East Cork tourism.
  2. ^ "Curraheen Park". Irish Greyhound Board.
  3. ^ "Cork (Curraheen Park)". Greyhound Data.
  4. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  5. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
  6. ^ "GRI confirms closure of Harolds Cross Greyhound Stadium". GRI. Archived from the original on 10 March 2017. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Cork Track records". Greyhound Star.
  8. ^ "Greyhound & Petworld Supersprint Final". Greyhound Racing Ireland.
  9. ^ "The 2016 Irish Independent Laurels Round 2 Heat 6". Greyhound Racing Ireland.
  10. ^ "The Shelley Fennely Memorial 550 Final". Greyhound Racing Ireland.
  11. ^ "The Cashman 575". Greyhound Racing Ireland.
  12. ^ "Barry's Tea Open 750 Stake Semi-Final". Greyhound Racing Ireland.
  13. ^ "THE CASHMANS BOOKMAKERS OPEN 810". Greyhound Racing Ireland.
  14. ^ "Liam O Sullivan Collick Plant Ltd 810". Greyhound Racing Ireland.
  15. ^ "The Rockybay Munster Hurdle Final". Greyhound Racing Ireland.
  16. ^ "Former track records". Greyhound Data.
  17. ^ "The Shelley Fennely Memorial 550 Semi-Final". Greyhound Racing Ireland.