IT IS ‘Summer Party Time’ at Kilkenny greyhound track. Saturday will be celebration time at the St James Park venue when the Supporters Club stage an exclusive meeting aimed at boosting the prize money on offer at the Freshford Road track.
The 25 members of the Supporters Club have put together an attractive card, and the aim is to match or better the amount raised last year, which was a handsome 13,000 euro.
All funds raised will be used to boost the prize money in stakes throughout the season, including features like the Langton Derby, which carries a winning prize of 5,000 euro, and the Red Mills juvenile stake, which offers 6,000 euro to the winning owner.
Two local charities, St Luke’s hospital and Stoneyford national school, have joined the venture and they will benefit by keeping half the money from the tickets (10 euro each) they sell.
The rest of the money will be ploughed back into the promotion of greyhound racing in Kilkenny, and offering better prize money to owners.
To help the fund raising effort, top trainer Paul Hennessy has donated a pup for auction, as have Philip O’Keeffe, Clara and John Kennedy, Gortnahoe. The man with the gavel will be John Mackey of the Kilkenny GAA Supporters Club.
There will be fantastic prizes on offer during the evening, including two tickets for the All-Ireland hurling final and over night accommodation in Bewley’s Hotel, Ballsbridge; two nights stay in the Castlemartyr Hotel for two people; two tickets for an Arsenal soccer game and a midweek break for two in nay Brennan Group hotel.
The best dressed lady, sponsored by Mount Juliet, will receive a prize, as will the best dressed man, which is sponsored by Radical Menswear. Admission for children is free.