€25,000 funding required to keep Longford Greyhound Stadium open beyond this month

A total of 25,000 euro is required in order to keep Longford Greyhound stadium open beyond the end of this month.

Over one-hundred people attended a meeting at the under-threat track last night in order to establish ways to fundraise to cover the costs of urgent fire safety works at the track.

The money will also be required in order to guarantee racing until October, when a report on the future of greyhound racing in Ireland is set to be published by the Irish Greyhound Board.

Last week the track announced that it was due to close at the end of this month as it did not have the money to cover works required by the local fire safety officer.

A fundraising committee was established last night seeking support from the general public to try and raise enough money to keep the track with a go-fund me expected to be online by this afternoon.

Two years ago, 20,000 was raised in a few weeks after an urgent appeal was issued to owners to provide €200 each to secure its future in 2017.

Ballinalee-based dog owner Sinead McKenna was elected onto the fundraising committee last night and she is hopeful that there is enough support to keep the track open again.