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Oisín McConville Opens Up On “Moral Dilemma” Playing With Gambling Sponsorship On Jersey

AIB GAA Football All Ireland Senior Club Championship 17/3/2011 Crossmaglen Rangers Oisin McConville celebrates Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Last weekend, the GAA Congress voted overwhelmingly in favour of banning sponsorship from gambling companies. This was well received, after several high profile players in recent years opened up about their gambling addictions, including Oisín McConville. The former Armagh star has candidly talked about his struggles on numerous occasions, and today was giving his thoughts to Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 about the news from …

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GAA Congress Votes Overwhelmingly To Ban Gambling Sponsorship


In recent years, there have been some high profile examples of top GAA players struggling with gambling problems. The likes of Cathal McCarron and Oisín McConville have been quite vocal on their issues. Today, the GAA have made a major statement on the issue at Congress by voting overwhelmingly to ban sponsorship by gambling companies. The motion was brought forward by Mick …

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Oisín McConville Goes To Extraordinary Lengths To Avoid Cheltenham

Cheltenham Ulster Senior Football Championship Final 20/7/2008 Armagh Oisin McConville Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

To many, the Cheltenham festival is a momentous period on the sporting calendar. Crowds erupt through the doors of bookmakers; the buzz is electric and it seems like almost the whole country has placed a bet. One man who won’t be placing a bet, however, is Oisín McConville.  On the eve of Cheltenham’s first race, the former legendary Armagh gaelic footballer gave …

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Paddy Barnes Facing Trouble With Paddy Power

Olympic Council Of Ireland Media Briefing : 100 Days Out from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Conrad Hotel, Dublin 27/4/2016 Boxer Paddy Barnes, flag-bearer for the Ireland team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Can you blame an amateur boxer from trying to make a few quid? Two-time Olympic bronze medalist Paddy Barnes is set to box at light flyweight in the Rio Olympics. While professional boxers are now eligible to compete at the Olympics for the first time, hopes are high for the Team Ireland boxers. Of Ireland’s 29 Olympic medals to date, the boxers …

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We’re Only Seeing The Very Tip Of Ireland’s Gambling Iceberg

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 20: The Sun falls behind the stand during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at Croke Park on March 20, 2010 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

It seems that every week now a new GAA player is coming out with a story of his problem gambling. Oisín McConville set the ball rolling and the stories have been coming thick and fast since. A disease that is virtually undetectable until it is too late, the gambling bug is rife in Ireland in general. Watch any sports event on TV and …

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Offaly Star Niall McNamee Talks Gambling Within The GAA

MASTERTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 02: A punter makes a bet at the tote during the Castlepoint Beach Races at Castlepoint Beach on March 2, 2013 in Masterton, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Five years ago, Offaly star Niall McNamee was at the height of his inter-county career. He had been playing for Offaly since the mid-2000s and had solidified himself as one of the top forwards in the county. But at the back of all this lay a dark addiction that took hold of his life – something that he hadn’t spoke out …

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Donegal Players Bet On Their Own Match In 2014

According to the Irish Examiner today, Jim McGuinness has revealed that some Donegal players had backed themselves to beat Dublin in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. Going into the game, the Dubs were raging hot favourites, having not lost a championship match in two years, and they were generally available at around 1/10. However, Donegal pulled off a famous victory, defeating Jim Gavin’s side …

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Gambling – Modern Society’s Cancer?

When it comes to racing in Ireland, the odds are that someone, somewhere, is losing money they don’t have, for reasons they probably don’t even understand. Racing isn’t alone in this respect, and is certainly not the root of the problem. It is the impunity with which gambling companies act, preying on the vulnerable through the creation of false ideals …

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