Greyhound racing in Ireland
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Greyhound racing is a hugely popular sport in Ireland and is also mainly responsible for breeding the greyhounds that are sold to UK racing.
Greyhound racing as it is seen today has evolved from a sport called coursing. The sport of greyhound racing in Ireland takes place mainly in Southern Ireland but is also popular in Northern Ireland.
- Curraheen Park
- Drumbo Park
- Dungannon (now closed)
- Harolds Cross
- Shelbourne Park
- Thurles Park
There are many types of competitions in Ireland  but the primary race is the Irish Greyhound Derby held at Shelbourne Park. Along with the English Greyhound Derby and Scottish Greyhound Derby they are considered the big three in greyhound racing.
Other major races include the Easter Cup, Irish Cesarewitch, Dundalk International, Irish Grand National, Irish St Leger, Irish Laurels, Irish National Sprint, Irish Oaks, Irish Produce Stakes and the Trigo Cup-Ulster Derby.
This is any minor race staged at a track, and prize money is varied. This kind of racing is the core of most stadiums.
Racing Jacket Colours
Greyhound racing in Ireland has a standard colour scheme.
- Trap 1 = Red with White numeral
- Trap 2 = Blue with White numeral
- Trap 3 = White with Black numeral
- Trap 4 = Black with White numeral
- Trap 5 = Orange with Black numeral
- Trap 6 = Black & White Stripes with Red numeral
A racing jacket worn by a reserve bears an additional letter 'R' prominently on each side.