Derry Greyhound Stadium is based at the Brandywell Showgrounds and sits next to Derry FC’s Brandywell Stadium. The greyhound track used to be inside the football stadium but, following a refurbishment in the late 2010s, a new track was introduced adjacent to the football ground.
Although recently modernised, Derry is a relatively low-key racetrack with racing taking place just once a week and trials for the Irish Greyhound Derby being one of the higher quality races.
What’s On Offer at Brandywell?
Race nights are typically on Monday nights and feature seven or eight races. A night at Derry dogs will suit those who love a back to basic grassroots approach to racing. They host the occasional larger event, such as a Gala Night, with Facebook the best place to find information about these.
How to Get There
The stadium is at Brandywell Showgrounds to the south-west of the city and on the west bank of the River Foyle. The post code is BT48 9LB. It is about a 20-minute walk from the centre or you can get the 8a bus.
How to Get in Touch
- Address: – Brandywell Showgrounds, Lone Moor Road, Derry, BT48 9LB
- Tel: – 07761 603505
- Facebook: – @Brandywelltrack
What Else Do I Need to Know?
Derry Greyhound Stadium is located at the Brandywell Showgrounds and is also known as Brandywell Greyhound Track. It sits next to the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium, which is the home ground of Derry City F.C. The greyhound track used to run round the outside of the football pitch but was moved to a separate stadium next door in 2018 following a refurbishment.
One of the Smallest Tracks in Ireland
The original track hosted racing from the 29th July 1932 until 2016 and was one of the smallest tracks in Ireland. It hosted racing throughout the Troubles despite the fact that football was cancelled from 1971 until 1985.
Ran by the Irish Greyhound Board
As with other Northern Irish greyhound tracks, the course does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain but instead under the Bord na gCon (the Irish Greyhound Board). Despite its small size it has hosted major events, including the James Corry Marathon, Festival Derby and Ulster 500. It also hosts a trial for the Irish Greyhound Derby.