New sporting venture for Tralee

Updated: March 6, 2012

The announcement today that three of the Kingdom’s most distinctive sporting and regional entities have combined in a unique international venture has been warmly welcomed as a first for a town as its leading sports come together for the benefit of all. Kerry GAA, the Irish Greyhound Board and the town of Tralee have joined forces to create the “BETDAQ Night of Champions”, which will be broadcast live from the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium around the world on Sky Sports on June 30th

The event, with the support of the online betting exchange BETDAQ and The Kingdom Greyhound Supporters Club, is a first as it will highlight the tourism and commerce capability of the town, serve as a major fundraiser for the Kerry teams training fund and showcase how the greyhound industry plays a pivotal role in the local community. The night will feature the leading canine athletes in the country with the final of the BETDAQ race of Champions worth €15k to the winner.

Event organiser Liam Lynch said “the night has been a great success in recent years, but by putting our thinking caps on and creating an event into which the town, the GAA and the Irish Greyhound Board have come solidly together we will have strong national and international exposure to the benefit of all. Our very kind sponsors headed by BETDAQ have made this possible”.

Shane McLaughlin, marketing director at BETDAQ noted “ BETDAQ jumped at the chance to sponsor the Race of Champions this year. The prize money on offer guarantees a top quality race but the event is also a major social and economic event in Tralee during the summer as well as a fundraiser for the Kerry GAA training fund. Altogether it promises to be a great night.

Jimmy Deenihan TD. Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht commented “This is a tremendous initiative that will show Kerry, Tralee and two great sports in a fantastic light to a national and international audience. I am really looking forward to a spectacular event”.
Patrick O’Sullivan , Chairman of the Kerry GAA County board added “This will be a unique event, not alone for the GAA but also for the greyhound industry and the town of Tralee. The combination of Gaelic Games and greyhounds has been magical for us in recent years and with the advent of Sky Sports this year will carry the night to a new level for the benefit of all

The night promises to be full of excitement and exhilaration and will feature the best of Irish, and UK greyhounds. The Race of Champions has long attracted the best open class dogs in the country, while the novice sweep will be an ideal international showcase for some of the top young dogs, a group that the Kingdom Greyhound stadium has long been famous for. Classic winners Spanish Battleship, Monalee, Pride College Causeway, Droopys Twirl, Joyful Tidings, Ardfert Mick, Lacca Champion, Patricia’s Hope together with English superstars Coolavanny Bert and Coolavanny Pedro, all the Ballymac dogs and the famous Ballyregan Bob and many more started their careers there.

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