Tralee primary school told fundraiser at greyhound track is highly inappropriate

11 Apr

A primary school in Kerry has been told that exposing children to a gambling environment by fundraising at a greyhound track is highly inappropriate.

Tralee Today is reporting this week that Irish school, Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, is preparing for a ‘Night At The Dogs’ to raise money to pay for computer tablets.

A photograph shows school children, parents, teachers and the principal posing next to a greyhound and the manager of Tralee track –

In an email to Principal Cait Ui Chonchuir today, ICABS stated: “We urge your school to please reject greyhound racing as a fundraising method. No school should associate with an industry in which dogs are injured, mutilated, dumped, drugged and killed. We also believe it is highly inappropriate to introduce children to what is a gambling environment.”

We told Ms Ui Chonchuir that in the past three years alone, over a thousand greyhounds have suffered injuries at tracks around Ireland and 385 were destroyed by track vets.

“This includes 63 injuries reported at Tralee greyhound track and 35 dogs killed,” we added. “Witnessing dogs writhing in agony and crying out in pain would surely prove upsetting to those attending your fundraiser.”

Read the Tralee Today report at


Join us in appealing to the school to choose an alternative fundraising venue.

Cait Ui Chonchuir
Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn
Tralee, Co Kerry
Tel: (066) 712 1394
Tweet to: @GSMEPC

Urge the Minister for Education to intervene to advise schools about the inappropriateness of fundraising at greyhound tracks and exposing impressionable youngsters to gambling.

Richard Bruton TD
Minister for Education and Skills
Marlborough Street, Dublin 1
Tel: +353 (0)1 6183103

Contact the Minister for Children and urge her to intervene to stop the Irish Greyhound Board targeting children.

Katherine Zappone, TD
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
43-49 Mespil Rd, Dublin 4
Phone: 085 2196189 OR 01 647 3000

Say NO to the greyhound industry – don’t attend races or fund-raisers held at greyhound tracks. Distribute our “6 reasons to say NO to greyhound racing” leaflet outside greyhound tracks to encourage people to show compassion and boycott greyhound racing. You can download the leaflet at or order copies by emailing

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