Dark side to the genius of gambling ad men
Declan LynchThese guys are not taking any chances.
Declan LynchThese guys are not taking any chances.
Declan Lynch There is a strange and terrible ritual which takes place every week on American television, whereby the chief executive of the corporation which is sponsoring the week's golf tournament on the PGA Tour is invited into the commentary box to accept the gratitude of the broadcasters, and also to describe the charitable projects which are...
Declan Lynch In the recently published Have Ye No Homes To Go To?, Kevin Martin's erudite history of the Irish pub, there is a reference to the Irish Pub Index invented in 2004 by David McWilliams.
Declan Lynch Rory McIlroy is finding out that when a man becomes a corporation, his life can get complicated. There was a time when he could speak more freely, when he could be thinking out loud or even idly speculating, without being nailed for it.
Declan Lynch In the days leading up to this, we weren't so much getting ready for Belgium as building a case against them.
Declan Lynch It's not right, is it? The whole Bruce thing, there's something about it that is not . . . quite . . . right.
Declan Lynch I was telling my daughter this morning about this great man, and the first thing that came to mind was a night long ago when Muhammad Ali was fighting - and it happened to be on television.
Declan Lynch They used to say that Bob Dylan wasn't as good as Keats or Shelley. Some academic would embark on a 'study' which would take the lyrics of Bob Dylan songs and place them alongside the works of the great poets, proving beyond any reasonable doubt that the little man from Minnesota wasn't really up there with the giants of the game.
When a man who is in public life goes out and makes a statement that he knows for sure will get him slaughtered, I think we should have some respect for that man. Indeed, we should find it a great pity that there aren't more like him.
Declan Lynch Ireland's first match in Euro 2016 is just a month away. I feel it is my duty to clarify this in the minds of readers, just in case the everyday business of the world was distracting you in any way from this...
Declan Lynch There are times when I find it hard to be judgmental. Indeed, there are some who would be judgmental about my difficulty in this area, and I can understand that. I do not judge them.
Declan Lynch There was much to savour in a recent BBC TV documentary called Inside the Billionaire's Wardrobe, in which reporter Reggie Yates showed us the things that make billionaires happy, the little extras like the skins and furs of exotic beasts and reptiles that are converted into wondrous coats and shoes.
Declan Lynch When Frasier was good, it had at its core, one brilliant creative decision. In Frasier Crane himself, it had the perfect prig, a deeply anal-retentive person who was redeemed by his essential good-...
Declan Lynch I think it is fair to say that I've taken an interest in the gambling boom, particularly in the rise of online gambling.
Declan Lynch There's something about a man who's got it right, when everyone else has got it wrong, a kind of a presence that is at once startling and deeply reassuring.
Declan Lynch Someone's got it in for me..." Bob Dylan seethed in Idiot Wind, starting with some offence which had been committed against his good self and expanding it to encompass much of the delinquency of the age.
Declan Lynch The columnist Peter Hitchens, who is regarded as a man of the Right, has realised that the vision of Thatcher and Reagan was all a cod.
Declan Lynch Every day I get down on my knees and I thank the Good Lord that there was no Twitter when I was drinking.
Declan Lynch Before the election had even finished, we were being told by almost everyone in the political game that what we needed most of all was "stable government" - the unanimity itself should have made us sceptical.
Declan Lynch She can talk with the precision of a diplomat, and walk with the poise of an acrobat, but it was the grunting of Maria Sharapova that told us who she was.
Declan Lynch I think we have been here before. Last week, the British papers reported the latest scandal to afflict the betting corporations with headlines such as: "Paddy Power encouraged gambler until he lost his home, jobs, and family".
Declan Lynch It was probably the moment when I saw a reference to Simon Harris as "the white Obama" that I realised these people are very far gone - too far gone, I fear.
Declan Lynch There was a bit of excitement recently when the village of Glenealy declared itself free of election posters. But further south in Co Wicklow, there is a place which is freer still, a much bigger place called Arklow which has never had a TD, and which seems determined not to have one this time either.
Declan Lynch At a church service in Iowa, attended by Donald Trump, when the communion plate was passed around with wafers and wine, it is said that Trump reached for his wallet.
Declan Lynch Whenever people gather now to debate the great issues involving Ray D'Arcy, someone always points out that the money being spent by RTE on Ray alone could help to provide some vital piece of equipment for their local hospital - indeed for 10 Ray D'Arcys they could build a whole new wing for Accident and Emergency.
Declan Lynch Ah, it's our old friend, "unusual betting patterns".
Declan Lynch Drink, being what it is, a baffling thing; for many of us, it seems much easier to give it up for a month than for a day.
Declan Lynch Assessing the situation from all sides, taking into account every possible perspective, looking at it from every angle, and then going back and looking at it again, and again, until I am absolutely sure, I have...
Declan Lynch In these volatile times, nothing is predictable any more, be it the football or just the general election, writes Declan Lynch.
Declan Lynch I know that these are busy times in the higher echelons of politics, but you'd think that a few of them might have sought to associate themselves in some way with the fact that Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor is now a superstar.
Declan Lynch Though he has been involved in politics for decades, in a sense Jeremy Corbyn only entered public life at the age of 66.
Declan Lynch The story of the first-year student in Limerick who was allowed to opt out of religion class but who still had to stay in the room, was seen by some as a sign that religion is still a powerful force in this land.
Declan Lynch It is now, as they say, all ahead of us.
Declan Lynch There was an interesting moment on the Six One News at the start of Sharon Ni Bheolain's interview with Daire Hickey, one of the organisers of the Web Summit - and no, it was not the aggressive tone of her questioning, it was something more interesting than that.
Declan Lynch It is possible to defend RTE's loss of the Rugby World Cup to TV3, in two ways.
Declan Lynch Gonzaga ... Trinity ... Harvard ... Kings Inns ... when we are writing about Ireland's leading barristers we tend to start off with such illustrious landmarks, but with Michael O'Higgins it's a bit more...
Declan Lynch For a long time we have waited for him and at last he has come.
Declan Lynch Everywhere they are talking about "a crisis in capitalism".
Declan Lynch So a judge ruled that a breath alcohol statement was not a valid piece of evidence because it was written in English only. An Irish-language version was also required.
Declan Lynch In an after-dinner speech that was described as "emotional" and "impromptu", Ruairi Quinn told his colleagues at the Labour Party think-in that because socialists don't believe in capitalism, "we know how to fucking manage it".
Declan Lynch It is deeply interesting that the Toulon club, three-time winners of the European Club Rugby Championship, has been caught up in an investigation by French authorities in relation to allegations of doping.
Declan Lynch We may have to look at this again. We may have to start tweaking that old line about Paddy's contribution to the world being mainly in the areas of literature and music and theatre and all those fine things.
Declan Lynch It was the tour guide in Zimbabwe who lingered in the mind.
Declan Lynch Recently on the European Tour, Shane Lowry could be seen celebrating a hole in one. Not only was it an ace, it came with a prize of a BMW sports car, a flying machine worth about 150 grand. So it is no wonder that Lowry was punching the air, high on the improbability of it all.
Declan Lynch In America Donald Trump is doing rather well in his quest for the Republican nomination for the 2016 election - if successful he would become what commentator Jon Stewart has correctly called "the...
Declan Lynch Thank God," my friend said, when I met him on the street last week. "Just thank God."
Declan Lynch I have only been to the Galway Races once. Or rather, twice during the same festival, on the Wednesday and the Thursday, during which time I somehow managed to back 14 losers in 14 races.
Declan Lynch Patrick Coveney, who runs Greencore and who is the brother of Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney, spoke for all of his kind and their brothers, when he told CNBC's Squawk Box that the best thing that...
Declan Lynch Eventually it stops making any sense.
Declan Lynch I was reading my first eBook last week, the Kindle edition of a novel called Chasing Dragons by Eddie Naughton - a very decent piece of work about heroin and the damage it has done to the old solidarity of the Dublin working class - when it was announced that Amazon is devising a new system of payment based on the number of pages...
Douglas Lynch Was it gallows humour or canny calculation that saw the Johnny Logan Working Group established by the Department of Finance to look for a year's funding during the lead up to the bailout? They can take...
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