Hayes opens refurbished stand at Youghal Greyhound Stadium
Tom Hayes, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for the greyhound industry, today opened a newly refurbished stand at Youghal Greyhound Stadium in Co. Cork.
The re-configured facility will accommodate greater numbers in more comfortable surroundings, with improved catering facilities to improve the overall experience and make the venue more attractive for those attending the races. The enhancements also include a new judge’s box. The refurbishment involved an investment of €134,000, funded by Bord na gCon.
Speaking at the event, The Minister remarked: “The successful completion of the refurbishment of this stand represents the investment of huge effort by a cross-section of stakeholders who all played their part in bringing this about. It is an indicator of confidence in the greyhound racing sector and a significant addition to the town of Youghal, a vibrant community which, to its credit, has a great record of continuous development of its amenities for both locals and visitors to this picturesque region.”
Minister Hayes complimented Bertie Lupton and the Board of Directors of Youghal Greyhound Stadium for their efforts in bringing this project to completion. He also thanked the Board and Executive of Bord na gCon for financing the project and the Youghal Track Supporters Club for their on-going support for the Stadium.
The Minister referred to the on-going review of certain matters relating to Bord na gCon which is being undertaken by independent consultants. The Minister indicated that he expects the report “will assess the current situation with regard to Bord na gCon and will make recommendations as to any changes required so as to ensure the industry is best placed to meet the challenges that lie ahead in a very dynamic and challenging environment. The report will assist both my Department and Bord na gCon in determining any measures required to ensure the industry reaches its maximum potential.”
The Minister concluded by wishing the greyhound fraternity continued success and looked forward to their patronage of the excellent facilities now on offer at Youghal track.