The Irish Greyhound Board has announced that Kilkenny family business Connolly's Red Mills will assume sponsorship of the Irish Laurels until at least 2021.
Red Mills previously sponsored the event, ran in Cork’s Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium, between 2012 and 2014.
The Laurels is Cork's biggest and richest annual greyhound race and one of Ireland's oldest ‘Classic’ events.
Red Mills is a fifth generation business specialising in high quality animal feed and has been based in Goresbridge, Kilkenny, for over 100 years.
Chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board, Frank Nyhan, said: "The Board is delighted that Connolly Red Mills are returning to sponsor the Laurels competition.
"Red Mills have always had a strong affinity to greyhound racing and their sponsorship of the competition demonstrates their continued support for the Irish greyhound racing industry.
"We’re looking forward to some high quality racing action over the four weekends of competition, and I’m sure the excitement will continue to build until we reach the final on October 19."
Sales and Marketing Director at Connolly’s Red Mills, Gareth Connolly, added: "Connolly’s Red Mills are delighted to be in a position to sponsor the Laurels.
"Being the most prestigious event at Curraheen Park and known as the ‘Derby of the south’, we see it as a great opportunity to support the sport and meet our many customers in the Munster area."
Last year’s event was won by Rockybay Foley, for popular local trainer Kieran Lynch and owner Chrissie Slyne, who took home the €30,000 winning prize in a time of 28.27 seconds.
The 2019 Laurels will begin on Saturday, 28th September and run for four consecutive Saturdays, with the final being held on Saturday, October 19.
Subscribe or register today to discover more from DonegalLive.ie
Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.
Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.