Kilkenny Greyhound

Stadium

Opening in 1946 and boasting a couple of respected trophies, the stadium can be found in the North-West part of the city.

 

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Racing Since 1946

The Irish city of Kilkenny, located in County Kilkenny in the Southern part of the country, is perhaps best known for Kilkenny Castle. For those of you with a sporting inclination, however, Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium might well be somewhere that you’re interested in knowing more about.

Ticket Prices

Both adults and senior citizens will be asked to pay €10 for their entry to the stadium. Students get a reduced price of €4 with kids under-16 being able to enter for free.

Getting There

Kilkenny (MacDonagh) Train Station is about twenty minutes walk away, with the Sycamores Bus Station being just moments from the stadium. The track is actually on the R693, which is itself reachable from the N76 if you’re driving.

Parking

There is free parking at the stadium, so you’ll be able to leave your car there whilst you watch the action.

Our History

The first ever winner of any official race at Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium was Rebel Gunner, who won the inaugural run on the 5th of June in 1946. Though the track drew some attention during its opening year, the management felt that it lacked a real identity of its own and wanted to give the industry’s biggest names a reason to visit. That was why, in 1947, they decided to introduce the McCalmont Cup. Their plan worked; over the following few years the great and the good of Irish greyhound racing turned up to Kilkenny. This included Spanish Battleship, a three time Irish Greyhound Derby champion, who won the cup in 1954 and then again in 1955.

Our Stadium

Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium is actually located in St James Park, which is owned by the Agricultural Society. They would often use the surrounding land to host show jumping, bull sales and the like. The GAA pitch in St. James Park is now used by the local Dicksboro GAA Club. Clubs Like Dicksboro and many other GAA Clubs, Schools & Charities have run Fundraising Nights at Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium. Fundraising Nights @ Kilkenny Greyhound Track are a hugely popular and most enjoyable means of raising funds for Non Profit Organisations

Race Days & Times

As with most greyhound race tracks, you could drive past the stadium in Kilkenny on almost any given day and be forgiven for thinking that there was some real racing going on. Most of the time that’s just trials, though, so if you’re wanting to head along when the venue is open to the public you’ll be heading there on a Wednesday Morning or a Friday Evening.

It’s all about the early evening racing at Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium, so you’ll be able to enter the place from around 6.30pm in preparation for a first race starting at 7.30pm. Kilkenny isn’t the same as some greyhound venues where they boast a huge glass-fronted restaurant with seating for 200 people. It’s much more about the pure aspect of the racing itself. Saying that, Kilkenny Greyhound Stadium has a full Bar, Fast Food facilities, Tote & Bookmaker Betting and ample outdoor and indoor seating