Thursday 23 November 2017

How a postman's multi-million gambling frenzy began with just a single €1 bet

Postmaster Tony O'Reilly had a €10m gambling turnover - but his world came tumbling down, says Declan Lynch

Frankie Dettori on Authorized, winning the 2007 Epsom Derby. Photo: Rebecca Naden
Frankie Dettori on Authorized, winning the 2007 Epsom Derby. Photo: Rebecca Naden
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

I have just finished writing a book with a friend of mine. And while I have written other books, I am finding something very unusual going on with this one.

Though it will not be published until February next, by Gill Books, we are already receiving requests from radio and television programmes and from the newspapers for interviews.

The fact that the book has been written has been a news story in itself, with reporters in various publications concentrating on the man with whom I have been writing it - the former postmaster in Gorey, Co Wexford, one Tony O'Reilly, who was seized in a spectacular way by an addiction to online gambling.

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