It’s with great sadness we must report the passing of well-known breeder, owner and trainer Denis Hannon.

Denis was a popular figure in greyhound racing and was responsible for the famous “Springwell” prefix. Through the years he had many very talented trackers, while he also owned plenty of good racehorses, many of which carried his “Springwell” prefix also.

There was scarcely a week when one of his Springwell greyhounds wasn’t winning around Mullingar, while so many of his racers were also talented enough to make a splash on the big stage. One of his very best, certainly in recent years, was Springwell Watsy.

She had a wonderful career reaching numerous big finals, finishing second in the Tyrur Big Mike Champion Bitch 550 at Galway and winning both the Sporting Press Consolation Oaks and the 2013 Longford Derby.

Springwell Dot was another star for Denis, reaching the final of the Cesarewitch and the Champion Bitch 550 during her career. It seemed that in every litter be bred, there was at least one or two that were more than capable of winning races in top company.  

A glance through their pedigree will also indicate how long Denis was involved in greyhound racing with the Springwell dam line stretching right back to eighties.

Denis was a gentleman. He was unassuming but great company, as those who were on the various greyhound trips to Australia will testify, and will be sadly missed by his many friends in greyhound racing and horseracing circles.

We would like to send on our sincerest condolences to his son Conor, his daughters Clodagh, Rhone and Oriel, his sons in law Gerry, Barry and Sean, his beloved grandchildren Sorcha, Cathal, Colm, Darragh, Ciara and Aoibhín, his extended family and many friends.

May He Rest In Peace.      

Funeral Notice

The death has occurred of Denis Hannon

''Springwell Lodge'', Newtowncarberry, & formerly of The Grove, Athlone, Westmeath / Athlone, Roscommon

Denis Hannon

Peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Predeceased by his beloved wife Marie and his daughter AnnMarie. Sadly missed by his son Conor, daughters Clodagh O’Dowd, Rhona Fitzgerald, Oriel Magill, daughter in law Marina, sons in law, Gerry, Barry and Sean, his cherished grandchildren, Sorcha, Cathal, Colm, Darragh, Ciara, Aoibhín and their partners Alisha, Fiona and Edel, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends including the greyhound and national hunt circles.

May He Rest In Peace.

Mass of the Resurrection on Monday at 1.30 o'clock followed by burial in Drum Cemetery.

Funeral Mass can be streamed live on

Denis’s funeral cortége will leave his residence at 1 o’clock on route to Ss. Peter & Paul’s Church. Denis’s family are very conscious of the risks of Covid -19 therefore request those attending the funeral to please adhere to social distancing, wear a mask and refrain from handshaking & hugging.

Those wishing to send messages of condolence to the family may do so in the Condolences section HERE. Denis's family are very grateful for your support at this difficult time.

House strictly private.

Family Flowers only, donations, if desired, to The Irish Cancer Society.