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National  Greyhound Racing Awards

2021 National Greyhound Racing Awards

Celebrating the Greyhound Racing Stars of 2021

Congratulations to the winners in each of the categories of the RCÉ/GRI National Greyhound Awards, which took place on Sunday 13th March 2022. 

Watch the Awards Ceremony 

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Congratulations to our 2021 Award Nominees & Winners

DOG OF THE YEAR

⭐Explosive Boy- WINNER
⭐Good Cody
⭐Skywalker Barry

BITCH OF THE YEAR

⭐Billys Diva
⭐Singalong Sally
⭐Susie Sapphire-WINNER

SPRINTER OF THE YEAR

⭐Ela Supremo
⭐Good Cody-WINNER
⭐Two Amigos

STAYER OF THE YEAR

⭐Dana Point-WINNER
⭐Generous Angel
⭐Priceless Jet

BROOD BITCH OF THE YEAR

⭐Jaytee Sahara 
⭐Jetstream Lynx-WINNER
⭐Whitings Gift

STUD DOG OF THE YEAR

⭐Droopys Jet
⭐Droopys Sydney-WINNER
⭐Laughil Blake

FUTURE STAR OF THE YEAR

⭐Crafty Kokoro
⭐Susie Sapphire-WINNER
⭐Twoinarow

SUPREME GREYHOUND OF THE YEAR

⭐Susie Sapphire

HUMAN AWARD CATEGORIES

⭐HALL OF FAME - DENIS LENNON

Denis “Dinny” Lennon has been involved in greyhounds for most of his life and the man from Threecastles has established himself as one of Ireland’s most influential breeders.

His ‘Lemon’ prefix is known worldwide and has become synonymous with quality. So many wonderful greyhounds have carried the prefix over the years, while his bloodlines can be found in numerous classic and feature event winners over the past four decades.   

⭐ SPECIAL MERIT - NOREEN MCMANUS

Noreen McManus (née Kirby), along with her husband JP, are names with ties in many sporting codes but today we honour Noreen for her contribution to greyhound racing.

Noreen’s love of greyhounds was fostered by her parents, the late Con and Annie Kirby and Noreen and her husband sponsor the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial at Limerick Greyhound Stadium in their memory.

The newest Classic event, it has established itself as the starting block for the stars of our sport. Not alone is it of great significance to greyhound racing, it is also an important fundraising opportunity for Limerick GAA clubs and a wonderful marriage of two great communities. It’s legacy and contribution are a fitting tribute to two much loved parents and legends of our sport.

⭐ GREYHOUND WELFARE - GREYHOUND PETS OF AMERICA

Greyhound Pets of America National (GPA National) is a non-profit corporation founded in 1987, and is the largest single non-profit Greyhound adoption group worldwide. Since opening in 1987, GPA  Chapters have worked together to adopt over 80,000 Greyhounds into loving homes. From its earliest beginnings, GPA's history has been one filled with individuals willing to pioneer the idea of Greyhounds as Pets and educating the public on the incredible nature of the breed. 

GPA National, through its officers, were to the forefront of the GPA Irish Greyhounds to America Program back in 2019 and were instrumental in getting this rehoming initiative up and running. Although COVID restrictions did result in a temporary suspension in the initiative, greyhound transports to the U.S. recommenced in October 2021 and since then U.S. Receiving Groups affiliated to GPA (National) have rehomed almost 200 IRGT greyhounds with more expected to travel soon.

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Photographs: Award Winners

As our ceremony was hosted virtually this year, trophies are currently being delivered to our Award Winners and we'll share photographs as they are. 

View the Awards Brochure

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