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A cam­paign has been launched to highlight the work of vol­un­teers who help re­tired grey­hounds tran­si­tion from track to couch.

A cam­paign has been launched to highlight the work of vol­un­teers who help re­tired grey­hounds tran­si­tion from track to couch and to pro­mote grey­hound as do­mes­tic pets.

The cam­paign is the brain­child of the Ir­ish Re­tired Grey­hound Trust (IRGT) which was es­tab­lished by the Ir­ish Grey­hound Board (IGB), and which is jointly funded by the IGB and grey­hound own­ers.

The trust helps sev­eral pri­vate re­hom­ing agen­cies in Ire­land through di­rect fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to­wards ei­ther their ve­teri­nary costs or their trans­porta­tion costs.

Among those to ben­e­fit are PAWS and Great Hounds In Need in Tipperary, Clare Grey­hound Project and Clare Grey­hound Sanc­tu­ary, HUG in Kerry and All About Grey­hounds in Belfast.

Many re­tired grey­hounds are also re­homed across Europe and North Amer­ica through char­i­ties sup­ported by the IRGT. Cam­paign The trust’s Our Peo­ple, Their

Sto­ries cam­paign is now throw­ing a spot­light on the Ir­ish vol­un­teers who help grey­hounds af­ter their re­tire­ments.

Grey­hound re-homer Brid­get Mur­phy, who is also a mem­ber of Friends of Cork Grey­hounds, was filmed with her own re­tired grey­hounds Sky­lar and Paddy for the cam­paign.

Sky­lar first came into Brid­get’s life seven years ago, when she was born as part of a lit­ter of four-time win­ning grey­hound Bro­gan Bee­tle. Af­ter four races on the track, Sky­lar re­tired due to in­jury. Brid­get nursed her back to health in her home in Cork be­fore Sky­lar gave birth to two lit­ters of pups.

is from Sky­lar’s sec­ond lit­ter and turned two in Septem­ber. He never raced but was again cared for as a pet by Brid­get and the Mur­phy fam­ily. Sky­lar and Paddy now spend their days roam­ing the fields at the Mur­phy’s home.

“Sky­lar and Paddy are just bril­liant, they are to­gether all the time,” Brid­get said.

“Paddy is of­ten seen mak­ing mis­chief amongst my cows at home. Sky­lar prefers to take a more re­laxed ap­proach to life.

“Sky­lar is very fond of chil­dren and she is more than happy to go up to peo­ple she recog­nises for a cud­dle. She can of­ten be seen in Cur­ra­heen Park greet­ing race­go­ers on busy nights and is al­ways a hit with spec­ta­tors.”

Friends of Cork GreyPaddy was formed a num­ber of years ago af­ter pos­i­tive feed­back from a grey­hound stroll in Cork city.

They ar­range reg­u­lar walks around Cork City and county, in­clud­ing a re­cent Hal­loween walk around Don­eraile Wildlife Park. They are now plan­ning an­other out­ing around Christ­mas time. Mem­bers of the group and their grey­hounds can of­ten be seen on race at Cur­ra­heen Park Grey­hound Sta­dium.

The IRGT has helped to re­home over 5,300 rac­ing grey­hounds since 2008, with 853 re­homed be­tween Jan­uary and Oc­to­ber of this year.

The main source of fund­ing for the Ir­ish Re­tired Grey­hound Trust con­tin­ues to come from grey­hound rac­ing own­ers, through a 2% de­du­chounds tion of all win­ning prize money which is then matched by the IGB. The board con­tributed over €100,000 to the trust last year.

A fur­ther 58 grey­hounds are on the IRGT’s re­hom­ing list be­tween now and the end of the year. The grey­hounds will be re­homed as pets in homes in Ire­land, the UK, Swe­den, Italy, the Czech Repub­lic and Bel­gium.

Gerard Dol­lard, CEO, Ir­ish Grey­hound Board; Brid­get Mur­phy with Paddy and Sky­lar; Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Michael Creed; and Frank Ny­han, chair­man, Ir­ish Grey­hound Board.

The ‘Friends of Cork Grey­hounds’ on one of their re­cent walks across Cork city and county. The work of Cork grey­hound re-homers is to be high­lighted in a cel­e­bra­tion of the work of the Ir­ish Re­tired Grey­hound Trust.

Brid­get Mur­phy while film­ing her video for the ‘Our Peo­ple, Their Sto­ries’ cam­paign.

Brid­get Mur­phy with grey­hounds Paddy and Sky­lar from Ovens. Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Michael Creed launched the ‘Our Peo­ple, Their Sto­ries’ cam­paign in cel­e­bra­tion of the work of the Ir­ish Re­tired Grey­hound Trust at Cur­ra­heen Park. Pic­ture: Gerard McCarthy

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