Our People, The Generations - Meet the Dempseys

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Meet the Dempseys, County Wexford

Meet the Dempsey family from Co. Wexford - one of the many generations involved in Irish Greyhound Racing and featured in the Our People, The Generations series from Greyhound Racing Ireland

Featuring Gary, Michael, Lorraine, Jamie & Johnny joined by greyhounds Sid & Frankie.

Michael will be recognisable to trainers and owners across the country as he has served as Racing Manager in not 1 but 4 stadia.  He commenced his career in Lifford, moved to Dundalk, followed by a stint in Enniscorthy and is now part of the Leinster Racing Office with responsibility for Shelbourne Park.

Michael & his brother Gary inherited their love of greyhound racing from both sides of the family with both his father's family (The Dempseys) and his mother's side (The Donohues) well known in Wexford greyhound racing circles.  Their maternal grandfather was a Bookmaker in Enniscorthy Greyhound Stadium and his Paternal Grandfather had track racers as far back as the 1930's.

Their uncle Johnny (Donohue) served as a Board Member in both Enniscorthy and Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadia. 

Believe it or not greyhound racing even helped with Michael’s love life! He met his wife Lorraine at Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium when she was on a girls night out - so greyhound racing helped to bring them together!

Their son Jamie is now carrying on the tradition as he can be seen helping Uncle Gary on a weekly basis with their racers Sid & Frankie, ensuring that the next generation of Dempseys will carry on the family sport!

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