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Greyhound Racing Ireland Launches New Code Of Practice.

Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) / Rásaíocht Con Éireann (RCÉ) today (Tuesday, 16 November 2021) launched a new Code of Practice that applies to any person who keeps, breeds, rears, trains, races, trades or transports a greyhound in Ireland.

Pictured at the launch of the GRI Code of Practice at Limerick Greyhound Stadium. L – R Frank Nyhan (Chairman RCÉ), Joann Murray (Welfare Officer), William Fitzgerald (Veterinary Director).

The Code is the latest in a series of GRI care and welfare initiatives being progressed, including the provision of care and foster care centres, the introduction of an expanded inspection programme for greyhound establishments, the operation of a Greyhound Injuries Support Scheme, and the recent commissioning of the Rásaíocht Con Éireann Traceability System (RCÉTS).

Frank Nyhan, Chairperson of the Board of GRI, said the principal theme of the Code is that the welfare and care of a greyhound must at all times take precedence over the demands of the stakeholders and all those involved in the greyhound industry.

“The overriding theme of this Code is that owners or keepers must plan for the whole of a greyhound’s life,” he added.

Mr. Nyhan explained that GRI has invested significantly on its care and welfare programme during 2021 despite the impact on commercial operations during COVID-19.

He continued, “GRI plans over the next 12-18 months include a further expansion of the Care Centre/Foster Centre Programme and continuing to financially incentivise the rehoming of greyhounds in Ireland through additional supports though the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT). From January to October 2021, the rehoming of 1,827 greyhounds has been achieved compared to 1,775 for the full year of 2020,” he added.

“GRI’S Welfare Team conducted 843 announced and unannounced inspections of greyhound establishments in the year up to the end of October. Additionally, Phase Two of the RCÉTS will add further functionality and reporting to the System when it is rolled out in 2022. This amongst other life events recorded, will include recording of injury data, including injuries that occur during official and unofficial trials at GRI stadia,” added Mr. Nyhan.

William Fitzgerald, GRI Veterinary Director, commented, “The launch of the new Code demonstrates how the care and welfare of greyhounds is an absolute priority for GRI. It is also underlines GRI’s commitment to implementing a broad and comprehensive programme of initiatives that further strengthen its level of direct engagement with owners, trainers and keepers across Ireland.”

Each section of the newly launched Code of Practice has been expanded compared to the previous Code. The Code features the addition of several new principles including a direction that all trainers and owners must maintain records, must be aware of their responsibilities under all laws/regulations, must avail of training programmes, and must plan of whole of greyhound’s life. The key sections of the GRI Code of Practice include the following:

  • Housing must be designed, constructed and maintained in a way that ensure the welfare of the greyhounds, prevents the transmission of infectious diseases, prevents escape of greyhounds and prevents injury to either human or greyhounds.
  • Greyhounds must be provided with an adequate amount of exercise for their overall health and wellbeing and must be appropriate for the greyhounds age, anatomy and behavioural pattern. Greyhounds must be given the opportunity to exercise outside of their kennel at least once a day.
  • Enrichment and Socialisation must be provided for the greyhound at all stages of their life to enhance their wellbeing, permit them to live in many social environments and to increase their suitability for rehoming.
  • Owners and/or Keepers must plan for the whole of a greyhound’s life and maximise opportunities for the rehoming of their retired greyhound. All efforts must be made to rehome greyhounds once retired and given the opportunity to spend the rest of their lives as pets.
  • Those caring for greyhounds must possess the ability, knowledge and competence necessary to maintain the health and welfare of greyhounds. Owners/Keepers must regular check the condition of greyhounds, including their dental health.
  • Each premises must have a designated Veterinary Practitioner that can provide assistance and treatment. Veterinary attention must be sought if greyhounds are showing any signs of ill health.
  • A suitable animal health programme agreed with Vet is required of all owners/keepers including vaccination programmes and a control programme for endoparasites (worms) and ectoparasites (fleas, ticks etc).
  • Owners must notify the ICC of the death of a greyhound. Both the owner and new owner must notify the ICC of the transfer or sale of any greyhound. Failure to do so is an offence under the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011

The GRI Code of Practice is available to download from www.grireland.ie/codeofpractice.


TUS Conferring Ceremony In TUS Gaelic Grounds, Nov. 9th & 10th, 2021.

The Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS) will host its first ever outdoor graduation ceremony at TUS Gaelic Grounds on tomorrow Tuesday and on Wednesday (November 9th and 10th, 2021).

During four ceremonies across two days 1,571 students will graduate from the Faculties of Engineering and the Built Environment; Limerick School of Art and Design; Applied Science and Technology and Faculty of Business and Humanities.

As many as 4,500 people will attend over the course of the graduations, with 1,200 students graduating in person, supported by family and friends, while a further 371 people will graduate virtually, with the historic ceremony streamed live on the TUS website, tus.ie.

The transformation of TUS Gaelic Grounds into the venue for the 2021 Conferring venue has taken weeks of preparation and teamwork between TUS and the GAA. Over five days, a special stage has been constructed and the Mackey Stand transformed into an open air arena.

President of TUS Professor Vincent Cunnane said the decision to move off campus for the first time to the TUS Gaelic Grounds was made to allow people gather together, as safely as possible.

Professor Cunnane said; “We wanted to bring the graduands together again, and we were not afraid to create a new precedent in order to make that happen safely. This is a unique class which has had an unprecedented experience of higher education. No graduating class in the history of Irish Higher Education has seen more changes and more uncertainty. Indeed, no other class has had to make the transition in the latter part of their studies from on-campus college life to a virtual one, but these graduands did.

“The very fact that the TUS graduations are taking place in a unique location is the product of a partnership between TUS and a community-based organisation, the GAA, with creative and critical thinking and a lot of hard work bringing the graduations to life. This is our ethic made real”, he continued.


Death Of Noreen Lanigan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, yesterday, of Mrs Noreen Lanigan (née Baggot), Garrynamona, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Billy and sons Seamus and Liam; Mrs Lanigan passed away on Thursday 4th November 2021.

Her passing is most sadly regretted by her daughters Margaret, Patricia and Geraldine, grandchildren, great-grandchild, sons-in-law, extended relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs Lanigan will repose at her home on Saturday evening, November 6th, from 5:30pm with removal to St. Cataldus Church, Ballycahill, Thurles, at 7.30pm.
Her body will further repose for Requiem Mass on Sunday afternoon, November 7th, at 1.30pm, followed by interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Bouladuff, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

[NB: Due to Public Health Guidelines, regarding C-19 virus restrictions; those attending will continue to observe strict adherence to social distancing and face covering.]

The extended Lanigan family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

Note Please: House Private on Sunday

Suaimhneas síoraí dá h-anam dílis.


Death Of John Gormley, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, yesterday Sunday 10th October 2021, of Mr John Gormley, Annfield, Bouladuff, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford.

In his 88th year and pre-deceased by his son-in-law Kieran, brothers Mick, Jim, Pat, Eugene, Peadar, Tom and Mel, sisters Anna and Maggie-May; Mr Gormley passed away peacefully, while under the care of staff at South Tipperary University Hospital.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving family; wife Kathleen (née O’Connell, Kilcommon), sons Patrick, Denis and John, daughter Caroline (Connors), grandchildren Laura, Fiona, David, Megan, Conor, Liam, Paul, Emma and Michael, great-grandson Arlo, daughters-in-law Mary, Siobhan and Mary, brothers Colm, Bredan and Fr. Kevin, sister Chris (Hourican), nephews, nieces, brothers in law, sister in law, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mr Gormley will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Tuesday evening, October 12th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
His body will be received into the Church of St. Laurence O’Toole, Inch, Thurles on Wednesday morning, 13th October, at 11:00am, to further repose for Requiem Mass at 11:30am.
Internment will take place immediately afterwards in Bouladuff Cemetery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

For the many persons who would have liked to have attended the funeral service for Mr Gormley, but are unable to do so, due to current virus restrictions; same can be viewed online HERE.

[NB: Due to Public Health Guidelines, regarding C-19 virus restrictions; those attending will continue to observe strict adherence to social distancing and face covering.]

The extended Gormley family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Walk-In Vaccination Clinic At Nenagh, Tipperary This Weekend

Sunday October 10th – Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh – Pfizer Dose 1 & 2 – Time 1:30pm-6:00pm.

Those attending for second doses should bring their vaccine record card with them. Please note that a minimum of 21 days must have passed after Pfizer Dose 1, before Dose 2 can be administered.
[This should be observed also for people who have received AstraZeneca Dose 1 and who are presenting for Pfizer Dose 2.]

No appointment is necessary for these clinics, and there is no requirement to register on the national vaccine registration portal. However, please note that children under 16 years must be accompanied to centres by a parent or guardian.

For identification, anyone attending should bring their birth certificate, or a photo ID (i.e., driving licence, Public Services Card, travel pass, passport, Garda-issued National Age Card, or school or college ID).

For queries, contact the local HSE-approved helpline number on 087-9681240 (9am-6pm, seven days a week). All clinic dates and times and related information will be published HERE.

Outside of this walk-in clinic, parents or guardians of children aged 12 to 15 may continue to register any child on the HSE website via the link HERE.