10 Year Anniversary - The Gathering 2013
Dundalk Stadium 10 Year Anniversary
Dundalk Stadium celebrated it's 10 Year Anniversary on Friday 29th November with new and old friends.
Lots of regulars, new customers, shareholders, directors and many more arrived for the night's entertainment of horse and greyhound racing followed by live music by the Long Riders. The cutting of the cake ceremony took place in the parade ring with Leo McCauley, Chairman and Jim Martin CEO of Dundalk Stadium. The cake was so large that the remainder was cut on Saturday night for our many regulars attending greyhound racing that night.
A commemorative race card included photographs of the old Dundealgan Greyhound Track and the old Dundalk Race Course for those who wished to reminisce on days gone by and compare to the outstanding facilities that now house both sports.
The greyhound racing featured 5 finals and 3 opens which were kindly sponsored by; Droopys Stud, Priceless Sky & Barefoot Bolt at Stud, Shea Campbell Use Car Sales, Razldazl Rioga at Stud, Catunda Kennels, TG Veterinary Surgery, Gourmet Island and Impact Bathrooms.
Leo McCauley, Chairman Dundalk Stadium said 'WHEN WE OPENED FOR GREYHOUND RACING IN NOVEMBER, 2003 IRELAND WAS IN THE MIDST OF ONE OF THE GREATEST BOOM PERIODS THIS COUNTRY HAD EVER WITNESSED. IN THE DIFFICULT INTERVENING YEARS I AM PLEASED TO REPORT THAT WE HAVE MANAGED TO KEEP THE LONG AND PROUD GREYHOUND AND HORSE RACING HERITAGE IN DUNDALK WELL AND TRULY ALIVE.
WE ARE VERY PROUD THAT OUR STADIUM IS A MAJOR ASSET FOR THE NORTH-EAST REGION, CONTRIBUTING TO THE SPORTING, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC LIFE OF THE AREA. DUNDALK IS NOW THE BUSIEST RACECOURSE IN IRELAND.
I AM VERY PLEASED TO INFORM YOU THAT THE BOARD HAVE A VISION TO BRING BACK NATIONAL HUNT RACING TO DUNDALK. HOWEVER, WE ARE AT THE VERY EARLY STAGES OF THIS DEVELOPMENT AND THERE ARE MANY HURDLES TO BE CROSSED.
I WANT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO JIM MARTIN OUR C.E.O AND HIS VERY LOYAL AND DEDICATED TEAM. WE NOW PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT FOR OVER ONE HUNDRED FULL AND PART-TIME EMPLOYEES. A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL OUR PATRONS, SHAREHOLDERS, SPONSORS, IRISH GREYHOUND BOARD, AND HORSE RACING IRELAND FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT.'
Horse racing continues every Friday until 20th December when the Crowne Plaza Dundalk Leading Jockey & Trainer Awards will be celebrated. Current leaders are; Trainer Edward Lynam who is two wins ahead of Michael Halford at 19 wins and Jockey Shane Foley five wins ahead of Pat Smullen at 22 wins.
Photograph shows Leo McCauley Chairman and Jim Martin CEO cutting the cake at the 10 Year Anniversary celebrations
Race Meetings of Note: Friday 4th October - Diamond Stakes (Group 3) The Diamond Stakes moved to Dundalk in 2008, and since then it has been run on a polytack surface over 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 150 yards. It became Ireland's first non-turf Group race in 2009, when it was promoted to Group 3 status. (last year the Diamond Stakes was won by 'Declaration of War' for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Joseph O'Brien) Friday 11th October - Star Appeal (Listed) (last year the Star Appeal Stakes was won by 'Lines of Battle' for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Joseph O'Brien) Friday 18th October - Carlingford Stakes (Listed) (last year the Carlingford Stakes was won by 'Paene Magnus' for trainer Jim Bolger and jockey Kevin Manning) Friday 25th October - Mercury Stakes (Listed) (last year the Mercury Stakes was won by 'Balmont Mast' for trainer Eddie Lynam and jockey Johnny Murtagh) Friday 1st November - Cooley Stakes (Listed) (last year the Cooley Stakes was won by 'Lily's Angel' for trainer Ger Lyons and jockey Gary Carroll) Friday 29th November - 10 year celebrations Dundalk Stadium celebrates 10 years since it officially opened its doors for business