Racegoers at 14 greyhound stadia across have raised €10,000 for the foundation set up in honour of the late Tipperary & Clonoulty/Rossmore hurler Dillon Quirke.
The foundation was set up in honour of Dillon, who collapsed during a hurling match and died of SADS on the 5th August 2022 in Semple Stadium, Thurles.
The collection was held over the weekend of the 31st March - Monday 3rd April with all fans were asked to wear their club jerseys in honour of Dillon and donate what they could at the turnstiles. The event was supported by clubs, players and the greyhound racing public across the country.
Commenting on The Jerseys At The Dogs fundraising initiative, Dan Quirke, Dillon Quirke Foundation said: “We are delighted that Greyhound Racing Ireland decided to host this fundraising weekend and thank all the venues who participated. The goals of the foundation are to set up screening programmes across the country for every player from 12 years of age upwards which of course will benefit the children and grandchildren of owners, trainers and greyhound fans across the country"
John Tuohey, Interim CEO of Greyhound Racing Ireland said: "As an industry with such strong links to the GAA through our shared fan based, we were proud to have the opportunity to support the Dillon Quirke Foundation. I am also delighted to announce that plans are already underway to host a Jersey At The Dogs nationwide event in 2024".
Jerseys at the Dogs took place at greyhound stadia nationwide from Friday 31st March - Monday 3rd April 2023.
Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) claims 100 young lives each year in Ireland and the foundation was created with the aim of raising awareness and setting up a screening programme which will screen every player (both male and female) from 12 years of age upwards.
Derek Frehill (Director of Racing, GRI), Dan Quirke, John Tuohey (Interim CEO, GRI) and Haze Quirke being presented with €10,000 raised through a weekend bucket collection at greyhound stadia nationwide
Greyhound Stadia nationwide are teaming up to support the Dillon Quirke Foundation with a Jerseys At The Dogs fundraising weekend from Friday 31st March to Monday 3rd April.
Wear your jersey at your local stadium. Jerseys can be your club or county, or just your favourite team - the more the merrier! The most important thing is that you donate what you can on the night.
Collections will be made on the night with all the money raised to be donated directly to the Dillon Quirke Foundation.
You can also donate online through the charity's Go Fund Me Page by clicking the button below.
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Cork - Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium Saturday 1st April
Clonmel Greyhound Stadium Sunday 2nd April
Dublin - Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium Saturday 1st April
Dundalk Stadium Saturday 1st April
Enniscorthy Greyhound Stadium Monday 3rd April
Galway Greyhound Stadium Saturday 1st April
Limerick Greyhound Stadium Saturday 1st April ( Con & Annie Kirby 2nd Rd)
Mullingar Greyhound Stadium Saturday 1st April
Newbridge Greyhound Stadium Friday 31st March
Tralee - Kingdom Greyhound Stadium Saturday 1st April
Waterford - Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium Saturday 1st April
Thurles Greyhound Stadium are also participating in local fundraising events.
Join the chat on social media using #JerseysAtTheDogs
Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) claims 100 young lives each year in Ireland and the Dillon Quirke Foundation was created with the aim of raising awareness and setting up a screening programme which will screen every player (both male and female) from 12 years of age upwards.
Collection points for the charity will be available on the night.
Enniscorthy Greyhound Stadium are pulling out all the stops in their support of the Jerseys At The Dogs initiative and they will be hosting a bumper raffle with prizes including A SIGNED WEXFORD JERSEY, very kindly donated by Wexford County Board.
Visit Enniscorthy Greyhound Stadium's Facebook page for the most recent list of raffle prizes on the night.
They will also be donating €1 from the sale of each of their 90th anniversary commemorative jerseys on the night to the Dillon Quirke Foundation.
Galway Greyhound Stadium, with the support of the WGOBA, will be hosting a bumper night of fundraising activity on Saturday 1st April.
They will have both a SIGNED GALWAY HURLING JERSEY & FOOTBALL JERSEY for auction on the night - Galway GAA fans don't miss it!
They'll also have a raffle on the night to further boost the fundraising efforts for the Dillon Quirke Foundation. Please support in any way you can.
Normal admission rates apply and these can be paid on arrival at each location. You can also pre-book your admission for GRI stadia by clicking here, or your restaurant meal & racing by clicking here.
Greyhound stadia across Ireland have joined forces to launch a new fundraising initiative in aid of the Dillon Quirke Foundation.
The foundation was set up in honour of Dillon Quirke who collapsed during a hurling match and died of SADS on the 5th August 2022 in Semple Stadium, Thurles.
Hazel and Dan Quirke, launching Jerseys at the Dogs in association with Dillon Quirke Foundation and Greyhound Racing Ireland with Derek Frehill, Director of Racing at Greyhound Racing Ireland / Rásaíocht Con Éireann
Greyhound Stadia are aiming to help raise funds over the weekend of the 31st March - Monday 3rd April which will go directly to the foundation to support the aims of the foundation. All fans are asked to wear their jerseys in honour of Dillon over that weekend and donate what they can either at the stadium or online. The hashtag #JerseysAtTheDogs will be used to create awareness online and help to spread the word.
Thurles Greyhound Stadium have already started the fundraising efforts with proceeds from their car-park at the Kilkenny vs Tipperary game donated to the charity.
Enniscorthy Greyhound Stadium are releasing a commemorative jersey to celebrate 90 years of greyhound racing in Wexford and have pledged one euro from the sale of the jersey one their night (Monday 3rd April) to the charity.
John Tuohey, Interim CEO of Greyhound Racing Ireland said: “Greyhound Racing Ireland has a longstanding partnership with GAA clubs across the country hosting fundraising events locally every year. There are synergies with both audiences, and we are honoured to be able to utilise our venues to help raise funds for the Dillon Quirke Foundation. Jerseys can be either club or county, the most important thing is that we get out there and show our support. "
Commenting on The Jerseys At The Dogs fundraising initiative, Dan Quirke, Dillon Quirke Foundation said: “We are delighted to be a part of this initiative. It’s a great opportunity to work together towards something that has so much potential to make a difference to young people nationwide. The support to date from GAA fans and general public has been outstanding, and now with the help of Greyhound Racing Fans, we have the opportunity to raise additional funds to reach the goals of the foundation".