Tuesday 21 August 2018

BoyleSports buys Irish bookmaking chain

Conor Gray, CEO of BoyleSports
Conor Gray, CEO of BoyleSports
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

BoyleSports, Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker, has purchased the retail network of JP Bookmakers from JP McGuinness.

JP Bookmakers is an Irish bookmaking chain with six outlets concentrated in the West of Ireland.

All six shops will be rebranded as BoyleSports stores.

The acquisition brings the total number of BoyleSports stores in Ireland to 240, and it is understood that the bookmaker is on the lookout for further suitable acquisitions.

The shops acquired are at Killybegs, Co. Donegal, Spiddal, Co. Galway, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, Ballymote, Co. Sligo and Swinford, Co. Mayo, and BoyleSports will invest in each of the shops, adding new screens, lounge facilities, and other services.

"JP McGuinness has done a great job in building up one of the most successful independent bookmakers in the west of Ireland with a very loyal customer base," Conor Gray, chief executive of BoyleSports, said.

"This acquisition, which gives BoyleSports a greater presence in the West and North West, will be a great fit with our existing network."

Last November the bookmaker purchased six betting shops from Bambury Bookmakers in Munster, in an effort to increase its retail footprint across Ireland.

In July of last year the company announced that Conor Gray would replace his father-in-law John Boyle as chief executive of the company.

Today’s announcement is subject to clearance from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

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