The top Irish racing Greyhounds of 2015 were honoured this week at the Irish Greyhound Board’s Annual Awards Ceremony hosted in Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
The event which was sponsored by Galway Crystal was attended by approximately 200 nominees and invited guests.
The coveted awards for each individual category were presented to the associations of each of the following:
Dog of the Year: Ballymac Matt
Owners: Ballymac-Kelly-and-the-lads Syndicate
Breeder: Liam Dowling, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Trainer: Liam Dowling, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Bitch of the Year: Ballydoyle Honey
Owner: Alison Coxon, Roscommon
Breeder: Larry Dunne, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Trainer: Graham Holland, Golden, Co. Tipperary
Sprinter of the Year: Catherines Drico
Owner: Liam, Seamus and Shea Campbell, Armagh
Breeders: Thomas Morrissey, Templemore, Co. Tipperary
Trainer: Ronnie McKeown, Hillsborough, Co. Down
Stayer of the Year: Tradition
Owners: Pat Dalton, Golden, Co. Tipperary
Breeder: Pat Dalton, Golden, Co. Tipperary
Trainer: Pat Dalton, Golden, Co. Tipperary
Brood Bitch of the Year: Kildallon Maid
Owner: Larry Dunne, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Stud Dog of the Year: Kinloch Brae
Owner: Michael Dunne, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Future Star: Droopys Roddick
Owner: J.M. Proctor, Essex, UK
Breeder: Sean Dunphy, Portlaw, Co. Waterford
Trainer: Pat Buckley, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary
Patsy Richardson from Doon in Co. Limerick, a man with a strong history of breeding champion greyhounds, was the 2015 inductee to the Hall of Fame. Among his on-track greats was Yanka Boy, winner of the Irish St. Leger and Irish Cesarewitch in 1967 and a winner of ‘Greyhound of the Year’.
The Greyhound Welfare Award, which was newly introduced last year, was awarded to GAIN Dog Food. This is the first time a company have been honoured in these awards, and the decision was driven by their support of events for Retired Greyhounds. The company were one of the founders of the Retired Greyhound Shows in 2011, established to encourage ownership of Greyhounds as Pets and highlight their docile nature.
The final award of the day was presented to the event MC, Michael Fortune, who received the Special Merit Award. Michael is well known as the voice of Greyhound Racing in Ireland, and currently reports on Irish racing in the Irish Independent, the Racing Post and online on the IGB website at Talking Dogs.