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Troubled times at Dr Quirkey’s gambling emporium

Richard Quirke wanted to turn part of Tipperary into Ireland’s Monte Carlo. Recently an alleged fraud of €2.56m has been uncovered at his Dublin business. John Meagher profiles the slot-machine tycoon

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Richard Quirke with Michael Lowry TD in 2010 looking at a scale model of the proposed Tipperary Venue in Thurles. Photo by Dylan Vaughan

Richard Quirke with Michael Lowry TD in 2010 looking at a scale model of the proposed Tipperary Venue in Thurles. Photo by Dylan Vaughan

Prime real estate: Dr Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium on Dublin’s O’Connell Street

Prime real estate: Dr Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium on Dublin’s O’Connell Street

Spotlight: Richard Quirke’s son Wesley and his wife Rosanna Davison

Spotlight: Richard Quirke’s son Wesley and his wife Rosanna Davison

Comedian: Richard Quirke’s son Andy, who wrote and starred in the Damo and Ivor sitcom on RTÉ

Comedian: Richard Quirke’s son Andy, who wrote and starred in the Damo and Ivor sitcom on RTÉ

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Richard Quirke with Michael Lowry TD in 2010 looking at a scale model of the proposed Tipperary Venue in Thurles. Photo by Dylan Vaughan

Richard Quirke almost never gives media interviews. He prefers to stay out of the spotlight, even when he is planning a mega-casino the likes of which Ireland has never seen.

But, in 1992, he relented and spoke to the now-defunct Sunday Tribune. He confided in journalist Ursula Halligan, later of TV3, that he was a transcendental meditation devotee and that he donated a portion of the profits from his Dublin casinos, Dr Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium, to fund a TM centre at the former Richmond Hospital in Dublin.


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