Last run in 2008, the Danesfort greyhound Derby is to to be relaunched at Kilkenny greyhound stadium at St James Park.
As part of a joint fund-raiser between St Michael’s national school building fund committee and Danesfort GAA a gala night is planned for the track on Friday, June 14. The first race will get underway at 8pm.
The parish, which is home to Sevenhouses coursing club where the dreams of Derby, Oaks or Masters success are first viewed as the sampling makes his way up the 400 yard woodchip gallop. There is a rich tradition of greyhound racing in the parish with the Hoban, Leahy, Kelly and Sinnott families having enjoyed success down through the years.
The Danesfort Derby will be run under parish rules, born in, living in, trained in along with the ‘grandparent’ clause being invoked to bring together six of the finest dogs to have graced the James park track at this graded level.
To add to the occasion each dog will be appointed a sporting mascot and will be led by the most recent addition to the parish, former Irish Derby winning jockey and now racehorse trainer, Pat Shanahan. Training in Oldtown Lane, Pat will be one of six mascots on night with the other to be announced later.
Ticket cost €10 each and are available from St Michael s school or any GAA club member. Entry includes a fabulous draw with first prize a pair of tickets for the Bruce Springsteen concert in Nowlan Park in July.