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A Night at the Dogs

RTÉ and the IBI, the Irish partners of Radiodays Europe, are delighted to invite delegates attending Radiodays Europe 2014 to the social event “A Night at the Dogs”.

This will be a unique night for the city and for delegates; a night of good company, of music, of exciting sport and a taste of real Irish life.


A Night at the Dogs (greyhound racing) is at Shelbourne Park Racecourse on Monday 24th March. It truly is a fun, exciting evening, from the moment the dogs leave the traps right up to the winning line.  The atmosphere, the flutter, the “craic”, some refreshments and of course the top class racing – they all combine to make this a truly memorable and exciting evening. Throw in some musical entertainment in a warm cosy atmosphere and what more can you ask for.  We really hope you can join us!

When:   Monday 24th March 2014, from 7.30 – 11pm
Where:                   Shelbourne Park Racecourse

(directions from Convention Centre to Shelbourne Park)

Never been to a greyhound race before?  Get the hang of what it is like by watching this video:




This event is offered to you with the support of 


The venue

Shelbourne Park is the flagship greyhound stadium in the country and is widely regarded as one of the leading night time entertainment venues in Dublin. Situated in the business district of Dublin 4, this modern venue is the perfect location for all types of outings. With ten thrilling races each race night, the stadium exudes excitement, passion and atmosphere, as some of the fastest greyhounds in training show their paces around this famous circuit.


A bit about Greyhound racing

Greyhound racing is an organized, competitive industry in which greyhound dogs are raced around a track. The dogs chase a lure (an artificial 'hare' or 'rabbit') on a track until the greyhounds cross the finish line. Greyhounds have been in existence for longer than any other breed of dog and for all that time, have been prized for their speed, grace, hunting prowess and as loyal pets and companions. While people have been racing greyhounds for hundreds of years, regulated greyhound racing as we know it today is a relatively modern phenomenon. The first greyhound stadium in Ireland was opened in Celtic Park, Belfast in 1927. This was quickly followed by the opening of more tracks in Dublin and Cork. The sport continues to grow in popularity and there are now 20 tracks operating throughout Ireland.


The Welfare of the Dogs

The welfare of the dogs is very important and it is important for us that you understand that all animals are treated with the greatest of respect. The Irish Greyhound Board (Bord na gCon) is the body charged with regulating the sport in Ireland.  Please see their code of conduct below and a link to The Welfare of Greyhounds Act, 2011. This law provides for the welfare of Greyhounds and regulates the operation of Greyhound Breeding establishments.