Belfast Telegraph

Jobs lost in immediate closure of Northern Ireland greyhound stadium

Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium is to close
Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium is to close
Facilities at Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium

Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium is to close with immediate effect with the loss of 44 jobs.

In a statement on Friday morning the directors said the business was no longer sustainable blaming a shortage of greyhounds, the impact of online gambling and Northern Ireland's "restrictive" licensing laws.

"In addition, unlike the greyhound racetracks in the Republic of Ireland, Drumbo Park received no government funding," their statement continued.

The stadium opened at Lisburn Distillery football club’s ground in 2008 in a £3m venture with local businessmen John McCollum, Movie House owner Michael McAdam and Tommy Anderson.

It is one of only two tracks in Northern Ireland.

"In the past two years, the directors invested substantial resources in an effort to turn the business around but a decision had to be taken that it was no longer viable.

"The 14 full time and 30 part time staff were informed on Friday morning.

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"The directors would like to thank the staff, customers and dog owners for their support and dedication over the past decade."

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