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A long & proud history in Newbridge

Newbridge Greyhound Stadium celebrated 70 years of Greyhound Racing in the town in 2018. 

In 2022, we look forward to marking another milestone as we celebrate 50 years in our current venue here in Cornelscourt on Friday 26th August with some a night of great racing to mark the occassion. 

The first race programme for Newbridge Greyhound Racing Company on the opening night on Friday 30th April 1948

Video: 70 year celebrations on Friday 4th May 2018

On Friday 4th May 2018 we celebrated 70 years of Greyhound Racing in Newbridge. 

Celebrate Newbridge Greyhound Stadium's 70th birthday on Friday 4th May with a fun-filled night for all the family

History of Greyhound Racing in Newbridge

Kildare had a strong link with Greyhound Racing with many people using the Curragh as ideal ground for galloping their greyhounds. The opening of Dublin's Shelbourne Park was welcomed and Kildare owners quickly made their mark there with Jack Moylan's Guideless Joe winning the Irish Greyhound Derby in 1932. 

On 26th April 1948, Newbridge Greyhound Racing Company was established, with first subscribers:

Patrick J. Cox
Thomas Lawler
Thomas J. Kearns
Thomas Hughes

Patrick J. Cox was Chairman and Managing Director of the Company and Peter Wilkinson was the Company's Solicitor. There were also several shareholders. 

They reached an agreement in 1948 that Greyhound Racing could be carried out at St. Conleths Park, then in use as a GAA pitch. Work was speedily carried out with a view to carrying out trials towards the end of March. 

The first Greyhound Racing meeting was held in St. Conleths Park on Friday 30th April 1948. Admission including entertainment tax was three shillings, with the race card priced at nine old pence. The first of 7 races started at 7.30pm, with racing under lights not commencing until 1949. 

The honour of winning the first race went to Helenium, owned by the Armstrong family from Roseberry. 

Laying the track in Cornelscourt

On 18th August 1972 racing commenced at it's new, and current venue, in Cornelscourt. Costing approx. £50,000, it was said to be the most modern track in the country. 

Information sourced from "COLLAR AND LEAD - from ST. CONLETHS PARK TO CORNELSCOURT 1948 - 2001 by Joe Kearns