The first ever National Greyhound Gathering Day will take place on Saturday, 28 July at the IKC National Exhibition Centre, Cloghran.

The Irish Greyhound Board, Irish Kennel Club and GAIN Food will host the event, in which retired racing greyhounds from across the country will be celebrated in an event that will showcase them as loving and low-maintenance pets while offering an entertaining day out for spectators.

The gathering will offer a platform for owners and trainers to introduce both their active and retired greyhounds to the general public.

There will also be an opportunity for greyhound adopters to trade tips and those interested in adopting these animals will be introduced to owners of active and retired greyhounds.

Throughout the day there will there be greyhound shows and novelty classes including the most coveted 'Best Available for Adoption' prize.

Barry Coleman of the IGB said: "The IGB is always looking for ways to ensure retired greyhounds are looked after in the best way possible and we endeavour to find the right greyhound for every family that is interested in adopting a retired greyhound."