Most people would pick Ireland as one of the hotbeds of horse race gambling in Europe, but it is easy to forget just how popular Greyhound racing is in the Republic. Greyhound racing has always been considered to be the preserve of the working class race gambling fan, but recent years have seen Greyhound tracks and consequently greyhound race gambling open up to a much wider audience. Tracks have generally improved out of all recognition, with hospitality facilities to match the best available at many other sporting events. Ireland in particular has greyhound tracks spread throughout the country, and with meetings almost every night of the week greyhound gambling has become big business. For many, gambling on the dogs is far more enjoyable than horse race gambling because the races are quick, very easy to watch and often local. Greyhound gambling online is even easier, and races are often screened live online. Tonight sees one of the greyhound classics being run at Harolds Cross with the Dublin Cup, and next weekend there are two more classic races with the College Causeway Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park, and the McCarthy Insurance Group Oaks at Curraheen Park. Apart from the classic races, there are greyhound meetings at Curraheen Park, Shelbourne Park and Limerick tomorrow and Youghai on Monday. The widespread availability of greyhound racing tracks, plus the number of meetings being held has ensured that on-track greyhound gambling and gambling on greyhound racing online have both increased substantially over recent years, and greyhound racing itself looks to have secured a bright future.