In 1952, the Irish Greyhound Derby was won by a greyhound called Rough Waters. Owned by Jimmy Lalor and his wife Patricia, he was trained by Jimmy's brother Henry and bred by John Byrne.
He won the tidy sum of £1,000 for his victory back on 9 August 1952. Jimmy's grandson Graham is now the custodian of the trophy and he was delighted to bring it back to Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium 70 years later for the 2022 Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby Final.
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While in Shelbourne Park, Graham also bumped into some previous Derby champions and it was great to see the interest in this wonderful piece of history and hear the exchange of tales between them.
The 1952 Irish Greyhound Derby Trophy and Presentation Photo at Shelbourne Park 70 years later
The 1952 Irish Greyhound Derby trophy is admired in the kennel area, as another man who knows what it means to win a Derby, Michael Gleeson father of 2013 winning trainer Robert Gleeson, takes a look at the presentation photo
Graham Lalor with the 1952 Derby trophy and Ian Fortune with the 2022 Trophy at Shelbourne Park
Dolores Ruth, a previous Derby winning trainer, and Graham Lalor with the 1952 Derby winning trophy grab a quick selfie