Facebook Twitter Linkedin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsBow Wow, they’re off’ at new greyhound stadiumBy admin – October 7, 2010 437 Print Advertisement Email LIMERICK’S new €20m greyhound stadium will be up and running from this Friday, October 8, with a 12-race card.The official opening is scheduled for October 22.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A Bord na gCon spokesperson said they were looking forward to welcoming their regular Markets Field patrons to their new home, and the hundreds of others who are certain to be won over by the state-of-the-art facilities.“Greenpark is much more than a greyhound stadium – it offers a unique family experience and we are encouraged that our 190 seat restaurant, and both corporate suites, with a total of 80 covers, are heavily booked right up to Christmas”.Finishing touches were being applied to the stadium when the Limerick Post visited this week.The entire arena is highly impressive….no more huddling in corners from the inclement weather, as had been the ‘menu’ at the Markets Field.Admission charge is €10, with a 50% reduction for OAP’s and students.Gates will open at 6-30 on this Friday, and the opening race is timed for 7-45.There is secured car parking for 450 vehicles at Greenpark, free of charge.A four-course meal, entrance to the stadium, programme and entertainment costs €45.There are also fast food and bar facilities available.The new facility is set to be a monumental success and a great asset to the Limerick area.Said Orla Strumble, head of marketing: The first race night will feature a host of surprises for invited guests, including live music, great entertainment and fabulous food”.Adrian Neilan, CEO Irish Greyhound Board, described the 2,900 capacity stadium as among the top rank of greyhound racing stadia on an international scale.The venue is approached via the roundabout on the Dock Road, next to Roche’s Feeds. Previous articleNegative portrayal of city condemnedNext articleNew Windings Video admin
Northern Foods has announced it is to plough £26.5m into its Fox’s Biscuits brand in an investment that could see new automated technology replace hundreds of jobs.In order to “ensure it has the most appropriate biscuit facilities to remain competitive”, Northern Foods will introduce automated technology at its Batley, Kirkam and Uttoexter sites, resulting in a reduction of approximately 220 employees. According to the firm, these will be “mainly through voluntary redundancy”.In a statement of its half-year results, the company said key investments over the next 18 months would include a new Creams line at Kirkham, new automation for its Melts line at Batley and a new wrapping system at Uttoxeter. However, it said its overall objective was to “transition” from three sites to two. “Once this current investment is completed in the first quarter of our 2011/12 financial year, further phases of investment will be benchmarked against those investment opportunities available to Northern Foods at the time,” read the statement.Like-for-like sales for the 26 weeks ended 26 September 2009 grew 2.9%, with strong growth in its Chilled and Bakery divisions. Total sales hit £466.9m (H1 2008/09: £468.6m).Within Chilled, its sandwich sales were driven by the early summer weather, its new discount range for Tesco and other customers, plus additional sandwich volumes supplied into Marks & Spencer.Divisional revenue within Bakery rose 3.9% with profits up 26.2% to £8.2m (H1 2008/09: £6.5m). A planned £2m spend on a marketing campaign for its Matthew Walker pudding brand will be launched ahead of the Christmas period.