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 he told Sean he feels ready to play when the time comes.

“It’s nice to be able to have a free mind and a free spirit. To be able to go out and obviously to be able to put your best self forward in the best possible position and shape you can be.”

He described the “years of hardship and misery” that was his gambling addiction. A “burden”, he says, that has now been lifted.

“I put my hand up from day 1 when I did eventually figure out that I was in a serious, serious problem and I had a serious, serious gambling addiction…it started off with the small amounts of money and then it ended up, you know, bigger and bigger the hole got…it came to a point where it was either going one way or another. And it got that serious that there was days I just didn’t want to be in this world, you know?”

Davy explained that his addiction started off small, with “lunch money” and other spare change funding small bets that didn’t seem like a big risk. Eventually, though, Davy was spending “8 hours a day” in the bookies, surviving on coffee and adrenaline.

“I’d be lying if I say I didn’t like it, like. I loved gambling. [It] basically took over my life to an extent where it took over my Hurling, it took over my education. It took over everything and basically, it just had me in a bubble where I just wasn’t able to get out myself.”

Davy Glennon

Earlier this month, All-Ireland winner Davy Glennon stood before a judge in Galway Criminal Court and received his sentence for stealing €70,000 from his former employer. He had stolen the money to fund his gambling addiction that derailed his life. After a stint in rehab, he's back on the field and getting his life backtogether and he joined Sean O'Rourke in studio this morning.

Posted by RTÉ Radio 1 on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Listen back to the whole interview on Today with Sean O’Rourke here

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