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”.

Important Event Information – Walk for Greyhounds, June 17, 2012

Important Event Information – Walk for Greyhounds, June 17, 2012

Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI) invite you, your family and your dog(s) to take part in Walk for Greyhounds, on Sunday 17th June, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. The walk is being held to promote greyhounds as pets and to raise awareness of the need to improve the welfare of greyhounds in Ireland and elsewhere.

The walk will start at 1pm, please meet at 12pm at Fusiliers Arch near the Grafton Street entrance to St Stephen’s Green. The walk will take approximately one hour and is 1.5 miles/2.25 km.

This is a family day out and a peaceful walk through the centre of Dublin. All breeds of dogs are welcome. Walkers without dogs also very welcome!

Tips for a happy event for you and your hound(s):

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  • Walkers to bring food and drink as required, blanket/rug to sit on, comfortable shoes!
  • Please bin all your rubbish when on the Green. Bins are located throughout the Green.
  • Banners/Placards are not allowed to be displayed on the Green but can be taken on the Walk.
  • All owners to ensure their dogs are on short leads and fully supervised at all times.
  • Owners are responsible to pick up any dog waste and provide drinking water/food for their dogs. Dogs not to be left for any length of time in cars on a hot day.
  • Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland assumes no liability for injury of any nature and/or property damage and death that may occur as a result of walkers and their dog’s participation in this event. Participants to ensure they are covered by their own household, life and pet insurance.
  • Any issues/problems on the day, please notify an event Marshal (wearing high viz jackets)

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Directions

Sat Nav: St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Car Parks

*Car Park opening times and rates are subject to change, please check current information when you arrive

St. Stephens Green/Royal College of Surgeons Q-Park
Address : Glovers Alley, Dublin 2
Phone: (01) 478 0330
Spaces: 1127
Rate: Day Rate: 8am to 7pm: €3.40 per hour
Opening Hours: Open 24 Hours Seven Days a Week
Max vehicle height: 1.90 m

Brown Thomas Car Park
Address : Clarendon Street, Dublin 2
Phone: (01) 671 6154
Spaces: 384
Rate: €3.20 per hour for the first 3 hours
Opening Hours:  9am to 10 pm on Sundays
This is car park for very upmarket shop and is always in high demand
Max height: 1.9 metres

Stephens Green Shopping Centre Car Park
Address : Mercer Street, Dublin 2
Phone: (01) 478 0330
Spaces: 700
Rate: €10.00 per day
Opening Hours: 24 Hour
Same as RCSI/St Stephen’s Green – max height: 1.90 metres

Trinity Street Car Park
Address : Trinity Street, Dublin 2
Phone: (01) 677 6678
Spaces: 173
Rate: €3.50 per hour
Max height: 2 metres

Location of Toilets

There are toilets in the St Stephens Green Centre, Marks and Spencers, Grafton Street, Brown Thomas, Grafton Street and McDonalds in Grafton Street. There used to be one on the Green itself but we are not sure if it is still there.

Coffee shops are in Grafton Street and Dame Street. Cornucopia vegetarian and vegan restaurant is also in Grafton Street. /There are quite a few restaurants and coffee shops in the area.

Location of buses/train station/cabs

There is a taxi rank on the Northern side of St. Stephens Green.  The two stations close by are Pearse Station, Westland Row and Tara St. Station in Georges Quay. Enquiries can be made at irishrail.ie.

There are 3 bus stops in Kildare Street, 4 bus stops on St. Stephens Green East and 3 St. Stephens Green North, also 1 in Dawson Street.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Download the GRAI Walk for Greyhounds 2012 flyer

2nd Annual Walk for Greyhounds – June 17th, 2012

2nd Annual Walk for Greyhounds – June 17th, 2012

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

Your Invitation

Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI) invite you, your family and your dog(s) to take part in Walk for Greyhounds, on Sunday 17th June, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. The walk is being held to promote greyhounds as pets and to raise awareness of the need to improve the welfare of greyhounds in Ireland and elsewhere.

Where & When to Meet

The walk will start at lpm, please meet at 12 noon at St Stephen’s Green on Sunday 17th June. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles (2.25km) and will take just over an hour. We meet and finish at the Fusiliers Arch at the Grafton Street entrance to the Green.

 
 
 

The 2nd Annual Walk For Greyhounds

will take place in

Dublin

on

Sunday 17 June 2012

The theme for the walk is

“Greyhounds Make Great Pets”

All Welcome
Please bring your families and dogs of all breeds
More details on timing and meeting place to follow meanwhile please mark this date in your diary and encourage all your friends and family to join us

Greyhounds have their day in Dublin City Centre

Greyhounds have their day in Dublin City Centre

“Open your hearts and homes to these gentle dogs” says Sharon Shannon

Over 250 walkers with their dogs gathered from all over Ireland and beyond, including representatives of greyhound rescue organisations in the USA, England, Wales, Sweden, and Italy amongst others.

Irish celebrities turned out in their numbers: Best selling Irish musician Sharon Shannon, TV presenter and journalist Amanda Brunker and acclaimed film director Lenny Abrahamson all took part in the walk.

Sharon Shannon said “Greyhounds are such gentle, affectionate dogs. Anyone who saw them walking calmly through the city today, alongside children and dogs of all breeds and sizes will have seen that for themselves. I call upon the people of Ireland to open their hearts and homes to these gentle dogs and to consider adopting a retired racing greyhound as a family pet”.

A spokesperson from Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland said: This was a peaceful walk and a much needed “first” for Ireland. All over the World, people are aware that greyhounds make wonderful family pets. Yet in Ireland too many people still do not think this way.

The support for this walk shows 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, good with children, generally get on well with other dogs, and they make wonderful family pets.
The walk was prompted by the Irish Greyhound Board plans to support the development of greyhound racing in China. We believe that they should concentrate on addressing the serious greyhound welfare problems that exist here rather than setting up racing in a country with a notoriously poor record on animal welfare.

Last year over 650 greyhounds were destroyed in Irish council pounds alone, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Hundreds of other greyhounds are disposed of by their owners or simply given away thoughtlessly to people who may later abandon them. Large numbers of puppies and young greyhounds bred for racing also just “disappear” before they ever see a race-track because they are too slow or do not have chase instinct.

If it were Labradors or King Charles Spaniels meeting their deaths in their thousands there would be a public outcry and so there should be over greyhounds.

By promoting greyhounds as pets we hope 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 our country.”

View photos from the event.

Watch the RTE News Coverage of the event (Go to 19 minutes/5 seconds for feature)

Important Event Information – Walk for Greyhounds Sunday 19th June 2011

Important Event Information – Walk for Greyhounds Sunday 19th June 2011

Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI) is holding Walk for Greyhounds on Sunday 19th June in Dublin. The walk will start at 1pm, please meet at 12pm at Fusiliers Arch near the Grafton Street entrance to St Stephen’s Green. The walk will take approximately one hour and is 1.5 miles/2.25 km.

This event is being held to promote retired racing greyhounds as pets, to raise awareness of the welfare issues within greyhound racing in Ireland and of the Irish Greyhound Boards plans to set up greyhound racing in China.

Acclaimed film director Lenny Abrahamson, best selling Irish musician Sharon Shannon, comedian Gary Cooke from Apres Match and Steve Wall of the Walls will take part in the walk, alongside hundreds of other dog lovers from all over Ireland, Europe and the US, who will bring their dogs of all kinds to walk alongside rescued retired racing greyhounds.

This is a family day out and a peaceful walk through the centre of Dublin. All breeds of dogs are welcome. Walkers without dogs also very welcome!

Tips for a happy event for you and your hound(s):

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  • Walkers to bring food and drink as required, blanket/rug to sit on, comfortable shoes!
  • Please bin all your rubbish when on the Green. Bins are located throughout the Green.
  • Banners/Placards are not allowed to be displayed on the Green but can be taken on the Walk.
  • All owners to ensure their dogs are on short leads and fully supervised at all times.
  • Owners to pick up any dog waste and provide drinking water/food for their dogs. Dogs not to be left for any length of time in cars on a hot day.
  • Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland assumes no liability for injury of any nature and/or property damage and death that may occur as a result of walkers and their dog’s participation in this event. Participants to ensure they are covered by their own household, life and pet insurance.
  • Any issues/problems on the day, please notify an event Marshal (wearing high viz jackets)

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Directions

Sat Nav: St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Car Parks

St. Stephens Green/Royal College of Surgeons Q-Park
Address : Glovers Alley, Dublin 2
Phone: (01) 478 0330
Spaces: 1127
Rate: Day Rate: 9am to 7pm: 90c per 15 minutes
Opening Hours: Open 24 Hours Seven Days a Week
Max vehicle height = 1.90 m

Brown Thomas Car Park
Address : Clarendon Street, Dublin 2
Phone: (01) 671 6154
Spaces: 384
Rate: €3.10 per hour
Opening Hours:  9am to 10 pm on Sundays
This is car park for very upmarket shop and is always in high demand
Max height = 1.9 metres

Stephens Green Shopping Centre Car Park
Address : Mercer Street, Dublin 2
Phone: (01) 478 0330
Spaces: 700
Rate: €3.00 an hour
Opening Hours: 24 Hour
Same as RCSI/St Stephen’s Green – max height, 1.90 metres

Trinity Street Car Park
Address : Trinity Street, Dublin 2
Phone: (01) 677 6678
Spaces: 173
Rate: €3.50 per hour
Max  height for vehicles 2 metres

Location of Toilets

There are toilets in the St Stephens Green Centre, Marks and Spencers, Grafton Street, Brown Thomas, Grafton Street and McDonalds in Grafton Street. There used to be one on the Green itself but we are not sure if it is still there.

Coffee shops are in Grafton Street and Dame Street. Cornucopia vegetarian and vegan restaurant is also in Grafton Street. /There are quite a few restaurants and coffee shops in the area.

Location of buses/train station/cabs

There is a taxi rank on the Northern side of St. Stephens Green.  The two stations close by are Pearse Station, Westland Row and Tara St. Station in Georges Quay. Enquiries can be made at Irishrail.ie.

There are 3 bus stops in Kildare Street, 4 bus stops on St. Stephens Green East and 3 St. Stephens Green North, also 1 in Dawson Street.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Celebrities Support Walk for Greyhounds

Celebrities Support Walk for Greyhounds

Lenny Abrahamson, Ricky Gervais and Sharon Shannon are supporting Walk for Greyhounds in Dublin on Sunday June 19th organised by Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI). 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.

Acclaimed film Director Lenny Abrahamson and best selling Irish musician Sharon Shannon will take part in the walk, alongside hundreds of other dog lovers from all over Ireland, Europe and the US, who will bring their dogs of all kinds to walk alongside rescued retired racing greyhounds.

The peaceful walk aims to promote retired racing greyhounds as pets and protest against Irish Greyhound Board plans to support the development of greyhound racing in China, a country with a notorious record of animal mistreatment.

Ricky Gervais said:

I am delighted that Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland is holding a peaceful walk through the centre of Dublin on Sunday 19th June to promote Greyhounds as pets. 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. 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. Should the Irish Greyhound Board’s plan to support the set up of greyhound racing in China ever go ahead then this already serious problem would be made far worse.

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 for racing, they are for life. I wish Walk for Greyhounds every success.

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 a very good turn out.

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.

We also want to make it clear that the Irish Greyhound Board should sort out the greyhound welfare problems that exist here in Ireland before even thinking of developing more tracks in a country that has a notoriously poor record on animal welfare.

For more information please contact:

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Gina Hetherington
Tel: (087) 910 4345
pawsanimalrescue@eircom.net

or

members@grai.ie
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GRAI Walk for Greyhounds Poster
Download the Poster (PDF)

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A Message from Ricky Gervais

A Message from Ricky Gervais

I am delighted that Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland are holding a peaceful walk through the centre of Dublin on Sunday 19th June to promote Greyhounds as pets. Greyhounds are gentle, sensitive dogs that make excellent family pets, and they deserve a life, just like any other dog, when they retire. 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. Should the Irish Greyhound Board’s plan to support the set up of greyhound racing in China ever go ahead then this already serious problem would be made far worse.

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 for racing, they are for life. I wish Walk for Greyhounds every success.

– Ricky Gervais

First Annual Walk For Greyhounds

First Annual Walk For Greyhounds

Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland (GRAI) is holding Walk for Greyhounds on Sunday 19th June (12 noon, St Stephens Green, Dublin). This event is being held to promote greyhounds as pets, highlight greyhound welfare issues and to raise awareness of the Irish Greyhound Boards plans to set up greyhound racing in China. GRAI is hoping to get around 200 people (with their dogs) to this Walk. This is the first time an event of this scale has taken place in Ireland for greyhound welfare.

Greyhound Rescue Association Ireland is an Association of 13 Irish animal rescue and rehoming organisations who have come together with the aim of promoting greyhounds as pets, to lobby for better welfare conditions and protection for racing greyhounds and to share information and knowledge regarding greyhound welfare.

Member organisations include: Animal Heaven Animal Rescue (AHAR), Avalon Greyhound Rescue; Clare Animal Welfare, Cottage Rescue; Dog Action Welfare Group (DAWG Cork), Dundalk Rescue, Dungarvan Rescue, Erin Hounds, Greyhound Hut, Kerry Greyhound Connections, Limerick Animal Welfare, Orchard Greyhound Sanctuary, People’s Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

GRAI would appreciate if you could promote this event and pass on this information to anyone who may be interested in attending.

This is a family event and peaceful walk. All breeds of dogs welcome especially greyhounds!
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GRAI Walk for Greyhounds Poster
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