Wednesday 17 July 2019

RTE seals €1m deal with Boylesports

RTE Sport has announced a lucrative two-year, seven-figure sponsorship deal with bookmakers Boylesports.

The deal, understood to be worth just over €1m, will see Boylesports feature prominently in all RTE horse racing covering on television, radio and online.

A source confirmed to the Irish Independent that Boylesports' payment to RTE is "close" to seven figures, but that an internal investment at the bookmakers pushed it over the million mark.

Chief executive of Boylesports John Boyle said: "We already sponsor many of Ireland's most significant racing fixtures but to continue to be successful those fixtures must benefit from broadcast coverage."

BOD's daddy duty

Actress Amy Huberman has praised her husband Brian O'Driscoll for the support he showed her while she was writing new feature film Bolt.

The actress and author wrote the majority of the script late at night leaving O'Driscoll on early morning "daddy duty" taking care of their daughter Sadie.

"I've always loved writing into the night and then catching up on sleep the following day. I find I'm most creative at night," she said.

Crash victims named

The two victims of a horrific road crash on Sunday night have been named.

Darragh O'Neill (21) and Mark Duffy (28), both from the Carbury area in Co Kildare, died after a car left the road and crashed into a tree on the Derrinturn to Allenwood road.

Weather conditions at the time were described as "appalling" with heavy rain and darkness making visibility very difficult.

Colm Melia (22) from Oldcastle, Co Meath, died in hospital after the car in which he was travelling crashed into a wall at Fennor Upper on the Oldcastle to Virginia Road early on Sunday morning.

A 24-year-old friend remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Gangster in panto

Love/ Hate actor Johnny Ward is certainly in no danger of being typecast.

The young actor, who plays the part of gangster Pauley in RTE's drama, will take on the lead role of Peter Pan in this year's Gaiety panto.

Managing director of the Gaiety Caroline Downey believes Ward has the theatrical "triple threat".

"Johnny is an amazing singer, actor and dancer - he is a real all-rounder," Downey told the Irish Independent.

An average of 976,400 viewers tuned in to the new season of Love/ Hate which began on Sunday.

Irish Independent

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