Two major Irish Greyhound Board capital development projects are quickly taking shape and are set to drive the greyhound industry in the Youghal and Clonmel hinterlands for decades to come. This comes on the back of a promised investment of just under €2.5 million for 2012 by the IGB in various facilities and equipment countrywide. Excitement was expressed by the general managers of their respective building projects as they currently oversee the first major investment in their venues for many years. Earlier this year the IGB announced a contribution of €1million towards a brand new modern public stand for the Clonmel Stadium as well as a €100,000 contribution towards a complete refit and refurbishment of the stand in Youghal. On top of these spends the IGB also are making a contribution of almost €1 million to Dundalk this year.
Development work in Clonmel is well on schedule according to manager Eddie Anderson. Steelwork erection on the new stand which will have a ground floor concourse capacity for 350 people along with a new bar and Tote facilities. The completely new stand will also boast a brand new restaurant which will seat 112 people and the completion date is set for early next year on the 13th of January just in time for the Clonmel Festival. “This is the first bit of development here at our famous venue since approximately the 1950’s and we hope to have the official grand opening sometime after the Clonmel Festival when we will have a great celebration for all the greyhound public from the area as well as for the town of Clonmel”, said Eddie Anderson.
Further works are also well underway and on schedule in Youghal at the moment. The refit and refurbishment ground floor works in the stand are well advanced and are on track to finish in the next two weeks. Work will then start on the judge’s box and on it’s completion works will then begin on the first floor of the stand that contains the bar and restaurant. General Manager at the Youghal Stadium John McGrath said “It’s all systems go here at Youghal at the moment and it looks like we’ll be hitting our deadline finish date for the end of November. We will be coinciding our new opening date with two of our feature stakes which are the Red Mills Southern Sprint and the Rising Unraced Stakes which will be a real treat for all our supporters”.
CEO for the IGB Adrian Neilan said “These are fantastic and positive developments for our industry as we push on with our promised and planned upgrades for these two great venues which continue to provide fabulous entertainment and racing for all our stakeholders in these greyhound hinterlands. The capital expenditure in these areas is part of our pledge to continue to improve our facilities to attract people into our modern venues and make them even more commercial in the current economic climate. I’d like to thank our local directors for their support and perseverance in getting these project done. I’d also like to compliment our managers and staff in these stadia on their dedication and for steering these works towards completion”.
Michael O’Neill, 8 October 2012
Youghal Greyhound Track – Free Admission For Youghal Final – Monday 8th August 2011
If ever there was reason for a massive crowd at Youghal it will be next Monday. The Youghal Track Supporters Club have stepped in to sponsor Free Admission for everybody for a night’s racing that will include the final of the Premier Fantasy & Supporters Club Southern Oaks as well as two other finals, a Consolation final and a few opens.
It should be a really special night at the seaside track and the big final could be a really exciting affair with the hugely impressive Ballymac Mitsy drawn in trap six. This inside runner has been in the form of her life and, following a 28.67 first round effort, she went two spots faster when beating Kranky Ma by six lengths in Monday’s semi-final.
The other heat saw Denis Duggan and Brendan O’Callaghan’s Design Lady get up very late for a short head verdict over Kiln Kylie and Monleek Chloe in 29.13.
Draw for Monday’s final is: 1 Monleek Chloe; 2 Kranky Ma; 3 Kiln Kylie; 4 Spruce Joy; 5 Design Lady; 6 Ballymac Mitsy.
Ballymacoda will be a hive of activity on Sunday next June the 12th when the Imokilly Motor Club will kick off their 2011 Motorsport calendar with a grass surface Autocross. The venue for the event will be in a field next to the village. As the event will be round 4 of the National Autocross Championship and round 2 of the Munster Championship a real quality entry is envisaged across all the classes with both the specials and the saloon cars fighting it out for supremacy over the course of the day.
Entries are coming in at a steady pace and all the championship regulars should be there as well as locals like Mark and John Dolphin in their specials the lads will be trying hard to win the local event, in the rally car section Emmet Cronin in his Escort will be one to watch as will Owen Murphy the winner of the first two rounds of the National Forestry Championship, he takes out the Twin Cam and he should be one of the hard chargers.
The format for the day’s action is as follows: Scrutiny at 10 am followed by the practice lap at 11.30 and the first of the days timed runs set to commence at 12.30.Entries for the event have been coming in at a steady rate and let’s hope that by Sunday we will have a capacity entry and entertain all those who will come along to enjoy the action and be treated to some wonderful driving skills. Remember Motorsport events like these take a lot of planning and preparation so that is why we are always looking for some new members to come along and join the club. You can catch up with all that is happening with us by logging on to our website www.imokillymotorclub.com. Or follow us on Facebook.
Until then hope to see you all in Ballymacoda next Sunday and (Lets kick up some Dirt). Event is sign posted from Castlemartyr
A beautiful sunset last evening (Sunday 29th August 2010) over Youghal Bay finally drew a fitting curtain over an exciting day of powerboat racing in the East Cork town. Returning to Cork waters for the first time in many years this year’s ISA National Powerboat Championship is proving to be a huge success with intense competition across all classes and superb excitement for spectators.
Photos: Ger Leahy
With the waters directly off the quays in Youghal roaring to the sound of 14 race engines, the quays were equally buzzing with the chatter of keen spectators enjoying this unique blend of water, noise, bravery and spectacle.
Although only in it’s first year, this was Youghal Bay Boat Club’s second hosting of a round of the National Championships – the first being in Ardmore back in July. In Ardmore it was the P750 (Thundercat) classes that provided the excitement, this time out the entire national powerboat racing fleet came to party.
The weekend of maritime activities had begun the previous day with local marine training centre Aquatrek hosting the Munster Final of the Yachtsman Euromarine Rib Challenge and Youghal Bay Boat Club hosting their Commodore’s Cup and a thrilling aerobatics display by Gerry Humphries (and his wonderfully daft flying cow!) in the skies above Youghal. With two new ribs up for grabs in the national finals of the Rib Challenge, competition was naturally keen. Challenges were spread across land-based skills, questions and tasks – while on the water crews were tasked with a variety of tests. When the dust settled, the teams going through to the national final were announced as:
1st – Aquatrek Training Centre
2nd – Youghal Bay Boat Club
3rd – Tralee Bay Sailing Club
1st – Aquatrek Training Centre
2nd – Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club
3rd – Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club
Sunday morning arrived with a car-park full of very strange machines for the people of Youghal to wonder about – it’s not every day you see a van with what looks like a little jet plane parked on its roof. With crews and boats from the four corners of Ireland filling out the car park the excitement grew from early morning until the first boats hit the water just after noon to begin a long day of hot action. Under blue skies and mostly clear water the afternoon was filled with twelve races in total. Community Radio Youghal were on hand to provide informative commentary and fill the time between races with music and banter. With this being the penultimate round of the national championships the racing was always expected to be intense, and the crews didn’t disappoint. Turn after turn, race after race, the crowds were treated to top-notch racing directly in front of the town’s quays. The big F2′s rocketing past at 100 miles an hour throwing huge plumes of water into the skies, the little P750 (Thundercats) throwing their boats and crews into impossible turns just inches apart from one another, and the T850 monohulls buzzing, skimming and often flying across the water.
For Youghal Bay Boat Club this was the first year in the build towards a major annual Maritime Festival, and it proved to be a satisfying success. For the spectators it was another opportunity to enjoy the wonderful spectacle which the waters of Youghal can provide. For the competitors it was an opportunity to showcase their sport and battle hard for championship points.
At the end of a long and exciting day the honours went to the following:
1st: Oliver Haire (North East Powerboat & Racing Club)
2nd: Megan Anderson (North East Powerboat & Racing Club)
3rd: Philip Haire (North East Powerboat & Racing Club)
Formula 2 Class
1st: Will Chambers (Lisnaskea Boat Club)
2nd: Liam Ralph (East Coast Powerboat Racing Club)
3rd: Oliver Haire (North East Powerboat & Racing Club)
Formula 4 Class
1st: Will Chambers (Lisnaskea Boat Club)
2nd: Phil Boyle (Irish Powerboat Club)
1st: Sean Dillon & Gary Hogg (Irish Offshore Powerboat Racing Club)
2nd: Colin Snow & Conor Mullally (East Coast Powerboat Racing Club)
3rd: Ronan O’Connor & Fionn Little (Youghal Bay Boat Club)
For further information please contact Aidan Foley (Club PRO) on 086 0401368
Photo: John Hennessy
Jason Ansbro and Noel Cashman from Youghal- Corks only Thundercat Team
Youghal, Co. Cork is set to be the most exciting location in the country this weekend when the Thundercat European Beach Challenge takes place from the 20th to the 22nd. On water, on land and in the air, the thousands that attend are promised world-class entertainment for the entire family. For the first time ever in Read more