When we first talked about Dublin, we mentioned the presence of two dog racing stadiums here. Today, we will share our impressions about one of these stadiums. It is called the Greyhound Stadium, and it is located in Shelbourne Park.
As we mentioned earlier, the Irish are very fond of animals and various kinds of betting. Accordingly, horse and greyhound racing are a manifestation of these national qualities, despite the fact that these industries are also good business.
It is no wonder that the Irish regularly hosts prestigious world-class horse racing derbies, which collect horse racing fans from around the world. Fans of dog races also conduct their own dog racing derbies.
And to help you understand how serious it all is, we would like to note that the prize for the 2013 Irish Dog Racing Derby is 240,000 Euros, despite the fact that the owner whose dog gets first-place winner receives 150,000 Euros. Now, you probably will not be surprised by the fact that it is only in Ireland that you can find 19 race tracks for dog racing. 17 of them are located in the Republic of Ireland, and only two of them in Northern Ireland. The organization which is responsible for everything to do with these kinds of races (The Greyhound Board) was founded in 1958.
And now, a few words about the dog races and where they came from. Greyhound racing came to Ireland from England, where in 1776 the first dog races that included an artificial hare were held. There became a need for this after England had problems with hunting and competitions that involved the use of hunting dogs chasing and hunting live birds and rabbits.
By the way, the main breed of dog used in such races (the English Greyhound) appeared in the 6th century BC. This dog is easy to train and can reach a high speed over short distances. For example, in Australia back in 1994, an English Greyhound was able to reach a speed of 67.3 kilometres per hour!
In some areas of Dublin, it is illegal to drive on the roads at that speed.
After all that I think it is time to move on to the actual races themselves. The stadium itself is small (you know a dog isn’t a horse), but very comfortable and offers all the necessary facilities for a comfortable pastime. It opens one half hours before the start of races so that you can safely dine in the restaurant, which is located so that its window overlooks the entire race track and you can follow what is happening in the stadium and bet on a dog from any table.
If you decide to watch the races in close proximity to the track, it is possible to do so near the ground under the roof of the stadium. The places are not numbered and therefore can safely visit the cafe or bar to quench your thirst or hunger. You can even bring a pint of beer with you from the bar.
In conclusion, we would like to note that the spectacle of racing dogs is very exciting and interesting and allows both children and adults to spend the day together in excitement. This, incidentally, is very common in Dublin. So do not be surprised that many people come here with their families, including their young children.