Galway Hurler Davy Glennon on his gambling addiction‘I was in the bookies for 8 hours a day.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Earlier this month, Galway All-Ireland Hurler Davy Glennon received a community service sentence for stealing €70,000 from his former employer to fund a gambling addiction so severe that his mother was forced to re-mortgage her house to pay his debtors. Davy joined Sean O’Rourke to talk about his time in rehab and his return to the pitch. Davy remained on the bench during this Sunday’s win against Kilkenny but …

The Postman who stole €1mYou’re trying to play God and predict the future.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Tony O’Reilly was a late-starter when it came to gambling. He made his first bet in 1998 at the age of 24: £1 on a football match. He got £46 in return, “nearly half a week’s wages”. In 2011, Tony was arrested for stealing over €1,000,000 from his employer, An Post, to pay for his gambling debt. He joined Ray D’Arcy tell him …

David‘You don’t go to prison because you are a gambler, you go to prison because you committed a crime and rightly so’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Ministry of Hope is a compelling new series on RTÉ One television that follows three chaplains in three very different Irish institutions over the course of a year. David, who spoke on the Ryan Tubridy Show, will feature in one of its episodes. David worked for an accountancy company but secretly led two different lives. He was just an ordinary …

Ireland’s Hidden Gambling Problem‘When you see people suffering so much you want the government to take responsibility.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Are you an at risk gambler? Internationally accepted statistics state that 5-7% of us are. That figure equates to 250,000 Irish people. That’s a lot of people; your neighbours, your friends, your families. Dr Colin O’Gara, Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist in St John of God Hospital, joined Ray D’Arcy to ask why more hasn’t been done about it, and it’s not …

Teenage gambling‘Boys now more likely to gamble than use drink and drugs…. One in eight of 15/16-year-olds is now at it.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The law on underage gambling is very clear. The Betting Act, 1931, actually makes it an offence for a child under 18 to be in a bookmaker’s. You can’t buy a Lotto ticket until you pass the age of 18. But with the advent of smartphones, online gaming and gambling, and more gambling outlets now promoted actively in traditional media …

Gambling addiction‘When they gave out that card from the bookies, that’s when it escalated… Even a fly, he would back it on going to the wall’

As heard on liveline

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The card in question was a loyalty, or credit card, from one of the major bookies based in Ireland. The gambler in question was the former partner of Liveline caller, Siobhan, who finally came clean about his problem on July 1st last year. The couple are now separated. Coming clean about the problem is possibly an overstatement, inasmuch as he …