Glenamaddy dog runs in Greyhound Derby on Friday!

A well-known Glenamaddy couple will be hoping for glory tomorrow night (Friday) when their greyhound runs in the biggest race of the year – the Paddy Power Irish Greyhound Derby – at Shelbourne Park.   Tyrur Rhino, owned by PJ and Mary Fahy of Knocknascahill, Glenamaddy has qualified for Friday’s final and will take his place in trap 5. The winning dog will receive a prize of €175,000 while every dog is guaranteed at least €7,500  regardless of where it finishes.   Mary Fahy spoke to the Roscommon People. ‘We are thrilled that the dog has got to the final. We had three dogs entered and this one was the one we least expected to do well. The trainer Paul Hennessy (from Kilkenny) has done a great job and we are really excited to be in the final because we bred the dog ourselves and to own and breed a dog to get to a derby final is brilliant.’    In fact there is another dog in the final bred by PJ and Mary. ‘Tyrur Laurel is another one of ours in the final that we bred. He is owned  by Pat Mullarkey and it’s his very first dog to own so that’s not too bad’ she said.    PJ Fahy is well-known in GAA circles as a former manager of the Galway ladies football team and his wife Mary says that there is huge excitement in the area in the run-up to Friday’s race. ‘There is a big crowd of us going in a bus from here and there is another bus going from the local area as well. We are keeping our fingers crossed