Limerick with a number on the list for the National Greyhound Racing Awards

Slippy Cian, finalist in the 2018 Irish Greyhound Derby, heads the list of Limerick nominations for the 2018 National Greyhound Racing Awards.

Owned by the Full House Syndicate in Limerick, Slippy Cian reached the final of the 2018 Con & Annie Kirby Memorial Stake, the final of the Tralee Juvenile Classic and won over 550 yards at Shelbourne Park’s Night of Stars, as well as his 5th placed finish in the Derby. He is nominated for ‘Dog of the Year’, along with the Patrick Guilfoyle-trained Cabra Hurricane, winner of the Night of Stars 525 race, and 2018 Irish Greyhound Derby winner Ballyanne Sim.

Also receiving ‘Special Merit’ awards on the night for their services to greyhound racing will be Bob Shanahan and Tim Keane, both members of the Limerick Advisory Council.

Having previously been a director at Limerick Greyhound Stadium, Bob has served as secretary and chairman of the Limerick branch of the Irish Greyhound Owners & Breeders Federation. He currently heads the family-based Pension Plan syndicate, whose star performer is Music Toour Ears, trained by Pat Guilfoyle and a winner of the recent Best Car Parks Gold Cup at Shelbourne Park.

Tim Keane has previously served as chairman of the Irish Greyhound Owners and Breeders Federation as well as having been an air traffic controller in Shannon Airport for some years.

The ‘Hall of Fame’ award will be presented to Waterford’s Gerry Kiely.

The IGB ‘Welfare Award’ will be presented to Bridget Murphy (Ovens, Co. Cork), Patricia Tobin (Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary) and Robert & Leslie Pullen (Loughrea, Co. Galway).

Gerard Dollard, CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board, commented: “The National Greyhound Racing Awards are a fitting way to showcase the very best that our sport has to offer, in both canine and human form. I wish to congratulate all nominees for their achievements. The high standard of quality across all categories is evidence of the commitment and passion that exists within the Irish greyhound sector.”

The winners of the awards will be revealed at a special ceremony in the Killashee House Hotel in Naas, Co. Kildare, on Sunday, March 24.

Tickets are €40 per person for adults and €15 per person for children and are now on sale

Full list of nominees for the 2018 National Greyhound Racing Awards:

Dog of the Year: Ballyanne Sim, Cabra Hurricane, Slippy Cian 

Bitch of The Year: Ballymac Arminta, Jaytee Jordan, Vancouver 

Sprinter of the Year: Ardnasool Jet, Broadstrand Kiwi, Rossbirr Ranger 

Stayer of the Year: Are Nagini, Ballykett Beauty, Javielenko 

Brood Bitch of the Year; Ballydoyle Honey, Global Liberty, Sizzling Sarah 

Stud Dog of the Year: Droopys Jet, Kinloch Brae, Laughill Blake 

Future Star: Ballymac Anton, Killer Bee, Sliabh Liag 

Special Merit Awards: Bob Shanahan, Tim Keane, Gerry Kiely 

Welfare Awards: Bridget Murphy, Patricia Tobin, Lesley and Robert Pullen

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