Limerick Greyhound Stadium has announced that the world’s richest juvenile race, the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial will return to the Limerick venue in 2018 for a sixth consecutive year.
The race is sponsored by Noreen and JP McManus in honour of her parents, Con & Annie Kirby and the competition has the biggest prize fund in Ireland after the Irish Greyhound Derby, with a total fund of €160,000.
Limerick GAA clubs also share in the event fund with an opportunity to compete for a share of €20,000, with each club nominated to a greyhound as they progress in the competition.
McManus has been a long time supporter of sport in his native Limerick under the banner of Sporting Limerick.
In 2017 Ahane GAA won the nominator prize of €10,000 and a free benefit night at Limerick Greyhound Stadium.
“We are thrilled that Noreen and JP McManus have announced their continued sponsorship of this fantastic juvenile event at Limerick Greyhound Stadium,” said Irish Greyhound Board Chairman Phil Meaney.
“The past 5 years have seen this event emerge as the gateway for the future top greyhound champions of the sport.”
“It is also an event that brings the community of greyhound racing and GAA together under one roof in celebration of both codes”.
The competition has grown in recent years to include a Banner Competition for the participating Limerick GAA Clubs, an Easter Family Fun Event and a Poc Fada Competition.
The Irish Greyhound Board are among the more than 220 organisations that play an active part of the Sport for Business community.