A follow on to the popular Our People, Their Stories series, in early 2020 we launched Our People, Their Day. This series showcases a day in the life of people from all walks of our industry, incuding a greyhound trainer, control steward and the staff of the GRI National Laboratory.
Watch each of their stories below. If you cannot see the embedded videos below, you can watch the full series on our Youtube playlist by clicking here.
A young greyhound trainer, with no family experience in the sport, who has carved her own career and built her facilities and business from scratch.
We follow Deirdre through her day from breakfast time, through to exercising her racing greyhounds and young pups, to a race night in Shelbourne Park.
Meet Michael, a Stipendary Steward, and the team at Ballymac Kennels.
We join Michael as he carries out some of his duties and visits the Ballymac Kennels in Co. Kerry. Trainer Liam Dowling and his family and staff run a large training kennel and we go behind the scenes at a typical kennel inspection carried out routinely by the GRI's Regulations and Welfare Department.
He takes us behind the scenes of the GRI's National Greyhound Laboratory and the work they do to support the Irish Greyhound Racing industry.
Meet Ian, a greyhound transporter and the owners who place their greyhounds in his care as he carries them to their new homes in retirement.
The emotion is evident as the owners say goodbye to their greyhounds but knowing that their greyhounds will bring joy to families as loyal and loving pets makes saying goodbye a little easier.
Meet Jeff, a Control Steward.
We follow Jeff on a night of racing at Limerick Greyhound Stadium as he works with the team to ensure a night of racing runs smoothly. Jeff's role as a Control Steward ensures compliance, regulation, integrity and welfare of the industry.