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Reports that up to €100,000 is being made available to upgrade the stand at Youghal Greyhound Track have been welcomed by David Stanton, Fine Gael TD for Cork East. While details of any funding are still to be finalised, I understand that Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Shane McEntee, decided to support funding for the track following his visit to Youghal last summer.

“I have been advised that Minister McEntee was very impressed with the commitment shown by representatives of Youghal Greyhound Track, Youghal Chamber of Commerce and other people from Youghal with whom he met. As a result, it is hoped that funding of as much as €100,000 will be made available to improve the greyhound stadium”, said Deputy Stanton.

“Youghal Greyhound Track has been in operation for many years. It is the only greyhound track located in a seaside location in Ireland and is very important not only for the tourism industry in the town but also the Irish greyhound industry in general. I am sure that this amount of funding will enable much needed refurbishment and improvements to be carried out at the track. These enhancements will ensure the continued viability of the stadium and also serve as a boost for future growth.

“This award of €100,000 for Youghal Greyhound Track coupled with the €400,000 earmarked for development of Youghal Swimming Pool should greatly contribute to the development of public facilities in Youghal. Funding of this level is much needed in Youghal. More, however, still needs to be done to improve local infrastructure and services. I intend to continue to work with people in Youghal to identify further projects in the area which might attract Government grants and funding,” concluded Deputy Stanton