30 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Harold’s Cross

    1. brownsyndrome

      Ye selling a worthless dog track, oh no great conspiracy to develop houses, something something loss to community

      1. MoyestWithExcitement

        Good God. I thought you had potential. Now I think you actually mean what you say.

  1. Fact Checker

    The Harold’s Cross ‘Stadium’ is not particularly well regarded in the surrounding area. It is not accessible to locals for amenity use. You do not see locals on the street exercising their greyhounds either, so presumably a lot of the contestants come from elsewhere. It is at present a poor use of scarce land would be much better used for a secondary school and/or a public park.

    There is no shortage of places for people to race greyhounds in Ireland.

    1. H

      I think the issue is the money that was lost in the Limerick project that went so over budget it failed and took down the Harold’s Cross Stadium with it, and the way it was handled which meant that the receivers were in and had rendered Harold’s Cross an unusable before the racing community knew anything about it, thus preventing any attempt to save the venue.

  2. Murtles

    I knew a man who bought a greyhound then 2 years later he was killed in Australia by a koala that fell out of a tree. If that’s not a sign, what is.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Nothing, Murtles.
      Apart from all the other signs, including the STOP (Hammer Time) sign.

      1. Murtle

        Isn’t it in between both. The nearest tube is Wimbledon Park, so not really that misleading.

  3. dave g k

    A guy that I was in a band with years ago used to look after the greyhounds on race night in Harold’s Cross back in the ’80s. Anyway one night didn’t a fox get into the stadium and proceeded to cross the track during a race. Obviously, the sight of six greyhounds bearing down on it convinced that it might be prudent to hightail it back out through the gap that it had entered. Having now lost interest in the hare, the dogs set off in hot pursuit. With the stunned punters looking on in disbelief trying to comprehend what they had just witnessed, it was left to my poor old band mate to try and round up the dogs around the streets of Dublin. It took him until 8 o’clock the next morning to retrieve the last greyhound all the way over in Ringsend.

  4. gringo

    John Paul are refurbishing Adore Manor for JP McManus, the well known tax refugee. His wife owns many greyhounds. The taxpayer supplies many millions of euro to subsidise the hounds and the horses every year. John Paul are still using subbies that don’t pay the proper rates, but with a bit of luck maybe the whole place will fall down.

  5. John Fitzgerald

    The greyhound industry is in turmoil, with owners and breeders of these fast running dogs at loggerheads with the the Irish Greyhound Board, which has decided to sell off Harold’s Cross racing stadium in County Dublin to help resolve a legacy debt burden.

    Several TDs and an impressive line-up of retired politicians have intervened, but all sides to the ongoing bitter stand-off agree that the future of the industry must be safeguarded.

    I take a different view, as do the many people campaigning against animal cruelty and involved in the rescue of neglected or abandoned greyhounds.

    This is an industry that has been subsidized heavily by tax payer’s money for decades, even at the height of the recession and in the months and years following the banking collapse and the loss of our economic sovereignty. When vital services to carers and life enhancing CE schemes in towns and villages nationwide faced crippling cuts, this ailing industry that thrives on gambling and depends for its survival on the vilest of animal cruelty received generous public funding.

    The smirking politicians who now rally to the cause of this industry should spare a thought for its victims: The animals that don’t have a political voice or a vote…the greyhounds dumped in shallow graves after their running days are over, a bullet in the brain or a whack of a spade across the head their thanks for months or years of loyal service to mankind.

    Before meeting this gruesome end, many greyhounds will have been doped to the eyeballs…to make them run faster or slow them down; depending on what scam their handlers were into.

    And the politicians, practising or retired; might think of the gentle hare. What have these animals ever done to deserve the so-called “sport” of enclosed coursing?

    To feed the insatiable gambling obsession that drives this industry they are snatched from their natural homes in the countryside to serve as bait in a form of Russian roulette. All of them are terrorised for human amusement. Many are mauled, forcibly struck or tossed into the air like broken toys by the dogs that are themselves mere pawns in the game.

    And then there’s blooding, the practise of feeding animals such as injured hares (healthy ones are deemed too valuable and required for coursing), rabbits, cats, and birds LIVE to greyhounds to enhance their performance on the track or coursing field.

    Blooding is carried out secretively, though occasionally the culprits have been rumbled, as at a County Tipperary greyhound schooling track in June 1994 by an undercover journalist.

    So, while the various factions within the greyhound industry quarrel over how best to preserve and perpetuate this blot on our society, I look forward to its well deserved demise.

    When it finally collapses, those of us who oppose it on ethical grounds will celebrate. On that great day, I’d like to see a symbolic Bonfire of the Cruelties.

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