Irish Greyhound Derby
The Irish Greyhound Derby is not only the highlight of the Irish Greyhound Racing calendar, but is one of the most anticipated events amongst greyhound racing fans worldwide. Each year, spectators from across Ireland, the UK, Europe, Australia and the US travel to be a part of the unique Derby Final atmosphere.
After six weeks of preliminary rounds, Shelbourne Park celebrates the biggest night of the year with plenty of additional entertainment, including live music before and after racing, and the grandstand, bars, restaurant and food outlets are full of enthusiastic fans.
Just a year after the introduction of Greyhound Racing to Ireland in May 1927, the first ever Irish Greyhound Derby ran in Harold's Cross in 1928. Four years on, in 1932, the Irish Greyhound Derby achieved Classic (Nationwide) status and ran for the first time in Shelbourne Park.
All involved with Harold's Cross were upset to lose such a prestigious event, and so both Harold's Cross and Shelbourne Park agreed to share the event, alternating venues each year. The Derby has on two occasions been run outside of Dublin, once in the Markets Field (Limerick) in 1939 and another in Western Road, Cork in 1942. Shelbourne Park has been the permanent home of the Irish Greyhound Derby since 1970; running over 525yds to 1985 and 550yds since 198