The Irish Greyhound Board is to splash out a total of €28 million to provide new state of the art stadia at Limerick and Kilkenny.

For almost a decade a new world class stadium has been promised for Limerick but plans to locate at the old Greenpark racecourse and at Coonagh fell through.

However, it has been confirmed that it has been decided to revert to the Greenpark site, which will also become the new headquarters of Bord na gCon who have been based at Henry Street in the city centre since it's foundation in 1958.

The Limerick project will cost €20 million and the stadium will also include restaurants, bars and corporate boxes with ready made access from the Dock Road.

In Kilkenny, the development will take place at the grounds of the local Show Society.

The greyhound board became the major shareholder of the Kilkenny Greyhound Racing Company which up to now has operated the facility.

The new Limerick stadium is, subject to planning being granted, due to open in June 2010 while the €8 million Kilkenny development is due to open in January 2010.