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St Conleth's Park

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St Conleth's Park
Páirc Naoimh Conlaith
LocationNewbridge, County Kildare, W12 X067, Ireland
Coordinates53°10′45.88″N 6°47′39.77″W / 53.1794111°N 6.7943806°W / 53.1794111; -6.7943806
Public transitNewbridge railway station
OwnerKildare GAA
Field size135 x 80 m

St Conleth's Park (Irish: Páirc Naoimh Conlaith) is a GAA stadium in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. It is the county ground of Kildare's Gaelic football and hurling teams. It also served as the town's greyhound racing track from 1948 until 1968.


The ground formerly had a capacity of 13,000, but following a health and safety audit in 2011, this was reduced to 8,000[2] and subsequently to 6,200.[3]

Greyhound racing

Greyhound racing at St Conleth's Park started on 30 April 1948.[4] After only one year the GAA governing body banned racing around all of their pitches which meant the greyhound racing was suspended.[5] However it restarted on 21 June 1950 with racing taking place over race distances of 310, 350, 525 and 550 yards and 350 yards hurdles. The racing lasted a further eighteen years up until 1968, when it was decided that the greyhound operation would be better suited outside of the town at venue where racing could take place on a purpose built stadium. That stadium was Newbridge Greyhound Stadium which opened in 1972.[6]

Track records

Yards Greyhound Time Date
310 Feale Ranger 17.65 14.06.1961
350 P For Poor 19.88 03.07.1953
550 Claverstown Flower 31.89 05.10.1957
350 H Chestnut Bridge 21.08 11.10.1950
350 H Jigger Lee 21.08 20.11.1950

See also


  1. ^ "Newbridge Silverware! 'All the pubs were full. It reminded me of Italia 90'". RTE. Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  2. ^ Irish Independent, 17 July 2012
  3. ^ Irish Examiner, 12 December 2012
  4. ^ Genders, Roy (1975). The Greyhound and Racing Greyhound. Page Brothers (Norwich). ISBN 0-85020-0474.
  5. ^ Comyn, John. 50 Years of Greyhound Racing in Ireland. Aherlow Publishers Ltd.
  6. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.

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