96 greyhounds have been halved to 48 following the first round heats of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake 2019 at Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
This year saw a record total of well over 100 entries for the richest Irish greyhound racing event outside of Dublin.
The competition sees Limerick clubs share in the event fund, with each of the greyhounds in the event assigned to a GAA, camogie, ladies football or handball club. The winning greyhound’s assigned club win a nominator prize of €10,000 and a free benefit night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
This year’s competition is the seventh annual running of the event, which first took place in 2013.
Sixteen heats were ran over two nights on Thursday and Saturday in an extended first round, with the Liam Dowling-trained pair Ballymac Tas – assigned to Granagh Ballingarry GAA club – and Ballymac Syd – assigned to Tournafulla camogie club – clocking the two fastest times in 27.97 and 28.07 respectively.
Racing Support Officer with Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Liam Kennedy, commented:
“The first round heats of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake had everything, with plenty of thrills and spills amid the high quality greyhound racing. It was great to see such a fantastic crowd present here in Greenpark. We’re sure the second round will provide the same this Saturday. I have no doubt the excitement will only increase as we reach the closing stages of the competition. I want to wish the best of luck to all still involved.”
Sponsored by Noreen and JP McManus in honour of her parents, Con & Annie Kirby, the competition has the biggest prize fund in Ireland after the Irish Greyhound Derby, with a total fund of €160,000. Limerick GAA clubs avail of €20,000 of this prize money.
An additional night’s racing will also take place in Limerick during the Kirby competition to facilitate local requirements for SIS racing entries and new novice racing events.
A ‘Cic and Puc Fada’ competition took place at the stadium last Saturday, with a ‘human race’ between club representatives to take place this weekend.
The Kirby Memorial Stake will run for four more consecutive Saturdays at Limerick Greyhound Stadium, with the final taking place on Easter Saturday, April 20th.
Key Event Dates:
First Round – Thursday, March 21 & Saturday, March 23
Second Round – Saturday, March 30
Third Round – Saturday, April 6
Semi Final – Saturday, April 13
Final – Saturday, April 20 (Easter weekend)
Winner – €80,000 (and €10,000 to assigned club)
Runner-up – €20,000 (and €5,000 to assigned club)
Third – €10,000 (and €2,000 to assigned club)
4th, 5th & 6th – €5,000 each (and €1,000 each to assigned club)
Trap draw – first round: Heats 1,2 and 3 to take place on Thursday, 21st March with heats 4 – 16 inclusive to take place on Saturday, 23rdMarch.
Trap Greyhound Club
1 Tullig Footpad Athea Ladies Football
2 Spoofer Claughaun GAA
3 Great Eastern Knockainey GAA
4 Vigorous Luke Feenagh Kilmeedy GAA
5 Garrai Rua Cappagh Handball
6 Toast of Cabra Knockainey Ladies Football
1 Mucky Brae Gerald Griffins Ladies Football
2 Droopys Sim Ahane GAA
3 Grangeview West Castletown Ballyagran GAA
4 Milking It Kilteely Dromkeen GAA
5 Killahan Wonder Caherconlish GAA
6 Redzer Ardfert Crecora GAA
1 Droopys Danny Templeglantine GAA
2 Sure Look Listen Ballylanders Ladies Football
3 Ballymac Tas Granagh Ballingarry GAA
4 Worseforwear Feohanagh Castlemahon Ladies Football
5 Argentina Galbally GAA
6 Boherna King Fedamore GAA
1 Cabra Firmino Templeglantine Camogie
2 Laughil Josh Banogue GAA
3 Burren Ripple Murroe Boher Camogie
4 Skywalker Wonder St. Senans GAA
5 Battling Conor Granagh Ballingarry Camogie
6 Ballydoyle Valor Mountcollins GAA
1 Herecomesthehoney Bruff Camogie
2 Deadly Diamond Cappagh Ladies Football
3 Adis Abebba Abbey Sarsfields GAA
4 Glengar Mac Rathkeale GAA
5 Camps Star Monagea Ladies Football
6 Antigua Rum Na Piarsaigh GAA
1 Jirano Classic Kilmallock Camogie
2 El Favor Glenroe GAA
3 Winetavern Don Monagea GAA
4 Riverside Leo Kildimo Pallaskenry GAA
5 Izzys Legend Kilmallock GAA
6 Likely Gift Mungret St Pauls GAA
1 West Tip Adare Ladies Football
2 Toolmaker Josie Galbally Camogie
3 Ardmulchan Knockaderry GAA
4 Manuka Man St Kierans GAA
5 Deadly Storm Dromin Athlacca GAA
6 Ballymac Syd Tournafulla Camogie
1 Toolmaker Me Dad Ballylanders GAA
2 Killer Bee Ballinacurra Gaels GAA
3 Claregalway Lad Ballybricken Bohermore GAA
4 Smart Bolt Cappamore GAA
5 Jaytee General St. Patricks Ladies Football
6 Cuore Di Ferro Hospital Herbertstown GAA