It Was a Dog’s Life Yesterday in Dublin!

It Was a Dog’s Life Yesterday in Dublin!

Yesterday hundreds of dog lovers, rescue organisations, and pets from all over Ireland and overseas, joined a peaceful walk through the centre of Dublin, aimed at promoting retired racing Greyhounds as excellent family pets. Celebrity singer Sharon Shannon also took part in the walk, showing her support and continued advocacy for Irish Greyhounds.

The Walk for Greyhounds was organised by Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI), an organisation dedicated to promoting Greyhounds as pets while working to improve industry standards for their welfare and care.

As Una Phelan, spokesperson for GRAI said, “While there is still much work to be done in the area of Greyhound welfare, it was incredibly moving to see the amount of public support for Walk for Greyhounds today. It is becoming clearer that attitudes, at last, are changing and that more and more people are realising that Greyhounds deserve a life when they retire from racing. Greyhounds are very gentle and quiet dogs, good with children, generally get on well with other dogs, and make wonderful family pets.”

This was the fourth Walk for Greyhounds to be held by GRAI since 2011 and is an annual event. By promoting Greyhounds as pets, GRAI hopes that more homes can be found in Ireland for the Greyhound, a noble dog, which for so many people throughout the world is a symbol of Ireland and Irish culture.

If you are interested in learning more about Greyhounds as pets, or adopting from a local rescue, please browse our website or Like Us on Facebook.

Pictures from this year’s walk are available here. Pictures taken by Eimhin McNamara

Walk for Greyhounds 2014

Walk for Greyhounds 2014

Dog Lovers and Irish Celebrities to Descend on Merrion Square in Support of Greyhounds

Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais Supports the 2014 Walk for Greyhounds AT NOON on Sunday, June 15, 2014 dog lovers from across Ireland will descend on Merrion Square for a peaceful walk through the streets of Dublin as a tribute aimed at raising awareness and support for the welfare of Irish greyhounds. This event has been organized by Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI), an organization dedicated to promoting retired racing greyhounds as pets. The walk will formally begin at 1.00pm and all are welcome to attend. Those with dogs (any breed) are welcome to bring their pets to the walk which will last approximately one and a half hours.

Una Phelan spokesperson for GRAI said, “We are calling on the people of Dublin and Ireland to open their hearts and homes to greyhounds and ask that they join us on the walk to see for themselves what wonderful pets greyhounds make.”

Many of Ireland and the UK’s most well-known celebrities have also pledged their support of GRAI and the Walk for Greyhounds, such as musician Sharon Shannon and English comedian and actor Ricky Gervais who has also declared,

“I am delighted that Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland are holding their 4th peaceful Walk for Greyhounds in support of Greyhound Welfare on Sunday June 15, 2014 in Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland. Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland and their 16 member rescues are working tirelessly to save, support and rehome unwanted Greyhounds, and promoting Greyhounds as the fabulous family pets that they are. It is my hope that Irish dog lovers everywhere, along with their pets, will turn out in large numbers to walk in unity alongside the greyhounds to help reinforce the point that greyhounds are for life and for companionship and not for racing, betting and human entertainment. I wish the Walk for Greyhounds 2014 every success!”

For more information please contact:
Andrea Lynch
GRAI PR Officer
+353 (87) 112 9868
pr@grai.ie

Walk for Grehounds 2014 Poster

Dog Lovers to Descend on Merrion Square in Support of Greyhounds

Dog Lovers to Descend on Merrion Square in Support of Greyhounds

AT NOON on Saturday, September 21, 2013 dog lovers from across Ireland will descend on Merrion Square for a peaceful walk and tribute aimed at raising awareness and support for the welfare of Irish greyhounds. This event has been organised by Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI), an organisation dedicated to promoting retired racing greyhounds as pets.

The walk will formally begin at 1.00pm, and all are welcome to attend. Those with dogs (any breed), are welcome to bring their pets to the walk, which will last approximately one and a half hours.

Una Phelan spokesperson for GRAI said, “We are calling on the people of Dublin and all over Ireland, to open their hearts and homes to greyhounds and ask that they join us on the walk to see for themselves what wonderful pets greyhounds make.”

Many of Ireland and the UK’s most well-known celebrities have also pledged their support of GRAI and the Walk for Greyhounds, such as Sharon Shannon, Lenny Abrahamson, Cathy Davey, and Neil Hannon. English comedian and actor Ricky Gervais declared, “It is my hope that Irish dog lovers everywhere, along with their pets, will turn out in large numbers to walk in unity alongside the greyhounds to make the point that greyhounds are for life and companionship. I wish the Walk for Greyhounds every success!”

For more information please contact:
Andrea Lynch
GRAI PR Officer
+353 (87) 112 9868
pr@grai.ie

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Walk For Greyhounds 2013

Walk For Greyhounds 2013

Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI) invites you to our third annual Walk for Greyhounds in Dublin!

Saturday 21st September

Merrion Square Park

Dublin, Ireland

12 noon meet at Merrion Square Park

1.15pm walk begins and will take approximately

one and a half hours

• Promote greyhounds as pets
• Raise awareness of greyhound welfare issues
• All greyhounds and other breeds welcome
• Dogs to be kept on leash and supervised at all times
• Owners must pick up after dogs and provide drinking water
• Family friendly event

GRAI Walk For Greyhounds 2013 Poster

Walk for Greyhounds postponed due to G8 Summit

Walk for Greyhounds postponed due to G8 Summit

Update: Walk for Greyhounds date confirmed for Sautrday, Sept. 21st.

Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland regrets to inform our supporters that due to increased security in Dublin City Centre relating to the G8 Summit, the Gardaí have advised us that Walk for Greyhounds is unable to go ahead as planned on 16 June. The Gardai are advising that all events are cancelled on this date.

Everyone at GRAI are extremely disappointed to hear this news and we are in discussions with Dublin City Council to set a new date for the Walk. It is likely

either bargain It indian cialis canada colorist BUT hair great recommended cialis pills for sale just and rated Avocado. Shiny that the event will now be rescheduled for Saturday 21st September, 2013 in Merrion Square. This date will be confirmed shortly. Updated information regarding the rescheduling of the event will soon be available on our website at grai.ie and on our facebook page at facebook.com/grai.ie.

Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland wishes to thank all of our volunteers and supporters for their continued work in spreading the word that Greyhounds make great pets and we hope to see you all at the rescheduled event in September!
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For more information please contact:
Andrea Lynch
GRAI PR Officer
087-112-9868 pr@grai.ie

Rescued Greyhounds Walk through Dublin City Centre

Rescued Greyhounds Walk through Dublin City Centre

“Greyhounds make wonderful pets” says Sharon Shannon.

Greyhounds walked alongside dogs of all breeds and their owners through Dublin City centre today. The walk was organised by Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI), to show that greyhounds make great family pets and to draw attention to the need to improve welfare for racing greyhounds in Ireland.

Several hundred walkers gathered from all over Ireland and beyond, including representatives of greyhound rescue organisations in Europe and the USA.

Internationally famous Irish artists turned out to support the walk: best selling Irish musician Sharon Shannon, Irish artist Luka Bloom, singer songwriter Cathy Davey, and Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy accompanied the walkers and their hounds, while acclaimed film director Lenny Abrahamson sent a message of support.

Sharon Shannon said:

“All over the World people know that greyhounds make wonderful pets, yet here in Ireland, the historical home of the greyhound, too many people still think they are only racing dogs. Today has shown greyhounds as they really are: gentle, affectionate dogs and make ideal companions”.

Una Phelan, a spokesperson for GRAI said:

“I hope today will help find homes for many more rescue greyhounds as family pets in Ireland. They have lovely natures, and contrary to popular belief they do not need lots of exercise, in fact they are happiest lying quietly on a comfortable bed”.

Anyone interested in adopting a retired greyhound should contact any GRAI member organisation.

Photos from the event can be viewed here and here.

Celebrities and Artists Support Walk for Greyhounds

Celebrities and Artists Support Walk for Greyhounds

Acclaimed film director Lenny Abrahamson and best selling artists Luka Bloom, Cathy Davey, Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy and Sharon Shannon, are supporting the Walk for Greyhounds in Dublin on Sunday June 17th alongside hundreds of other dog lovers, and their dogs including many rescued retired racing greyhounds. The peaceful walk, organised by the Greyhound Rescue Association of Ireland (GRAI) aims to promote greyhounds as family pets.

Last year’s walk made a big impact in central Dublin, attracting over 250 people from all over Ireland, Europe and the USA along with dogs of all kinds who walked calmly alongside rescued retired racing greyhounds. This year, the organisers are hoping for an even bigger turn out.

The Walk of just over 2 kilometres through central Dublin, will start at 1pm from the Fusilliers Arch, Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green. Dogs of all breeds and their owners are welcome.

Lenny Abrahamson said:

“I am delighted to add my support to the Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland’s Walk for Greyhounds. Thousands of greyhounds are abandoned or destroyed, in Ireland and in other countries every year, when they are no longer fast enough to win races and this is not acceptable. Greyhounds are gentle, sensitive dogs that make excellent family pets, and they deserve a life, just like any other dog, when they retire from racing. All over Europe the greyhound is seen as a perfect family pet, yet here in Ireland too many people still see them purely as racing dogs. This attitude has to change.
 
“I hope that Irish dog lovers, and their dogs turn out in large numbers to walk alongside the greyhounds and make the point that greyhounds are not just for racing, they are for life. I wish Walk for Greyhounds every success”.

Úna Phelan, a spokesperson for GRAI said:

“It is fantastic to receive this strong support from such prominent celebrities. The walk is capturing people’s imagination and we are hopeful of an even better turn out than last year.

“It is important that as many people as possible come along to show their support. We need to send a clear message that greyhounds do not deserve to be discarded or destroyed when they are no longer able to race. These gentle dogs deserve a future and make wonderful pets”.