Children’s GAA club urged not to fundraise at track where greyhounds suffer and die

7 Sep


A GAA club “for boys and girls aged 5 and upwards” is being urged not to fundraise at a greyhound track – a gambling venue where dogs suffer and die.

St Catherine’s GAA and Camogie Club in Cork – and the GAA’s Head Office – have been told about the suffering and death of animals at Youghal track and urged to hold the fundraiser elsewhere.

In the first six months of 2018, seven greyhounds suffered hock/leg/shoulder injuries at Youghal track and four were killed by a track vet. Last year, another seven dogs were reported injured at the track, with one destroyed. In the past three and a half years at tracks around Ireland, 1,369 greyhounds were injured and 438 destroyed.

Possibly witnessing dogs crying out in pain and writhing on the track in agony would prove very upsetting and traumatic to any youngsters attending the fundraiser.

Given recent revelations about gambling addiction problems among GAA players, it is also inappropriate for GAA clubs to choose gambling venues as fundraising locations.

In an email to the GAA, ICABS stated: “The GAA has a duty to protect its players and this must include prohibiting club fundraisers at greyhound tracks. Allowing GAA clubs to expose children to a gambling environment is at odds with the GAA’s stated concerns about the growing problem of gambling in Ireland and it undermines efforts to educate players about gambling addiction.”

Last year, the GAA promised to address the issue of children attending fundraisers at tracks, saying “we have guidelines in place for clubs in relation to juvenile club members attending events in public houses/licensed premises.”

Fundraisers at greyhound tracks are helping to keep the cruel greyhound industry afloat – the track takes a 30-40 per cent commission from ticket sales and also profits from gambling and food/drink sales on the night.

Greyhound racing is also sustaining the cruel bloodsport of hare coursing – all greyhounds used in track racing are registered with the Irish Coursing Club and the registration fees help fund coursing activities. In coursing, thousands of hares are snatched from the wild every year for use as live bait for greyhounds at coursing meetings. Hares are terrorised while desperately running for their lives and there are injuries and deaths due to maulings.


Appeal to St Catherine’s GAA and Camogie Club to show compassion for the animals and choose an alternative fundraising venue.

St. Catherines GAA,
Ballynoe, Co. Cork
Tel: 086-8306261 (Secretary)
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Join us in urging the GAA to tell member clubs to reject greyhound racing as a form of fundraising.

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Don’t attend greyhound races or fundraisers/hen parties/office parties held at greyhound tracks.

The greyhound industry has received nearly a quarter of a billion euros of taxpayers’ money since 2001 (including €16 million for 2018). Urge Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to stop the funding and instead direct the money to charities, sports clubs, animal rescue centres, health groups and other deserving causes. Email “Stop funding the cruel greyhound industry” to,,,

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar
Department of the Taoiseach,
Government Buildings,
Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2
Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020
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Paschal Donohoe TD
Minister for Finance
Phone: +353 (0)1 6045810
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GAA: Stop club fundraisers at greyhound tracks

Irish Government: Stop Giving Millions of Euro to Cruel Greyhound Industry

Stop supporting the cruel greyhound industry

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