Wednesday 13 December 2017

So problem gambling is just a GAA thing, right?

Cartoonist: Jim Cogan
Cartoonist: Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

The way it's been going, you'd think that the only people in Ireland with a gambling problem are GAA players. And not just any GAA players, but the best of them, inter-county stars such as Oisin McConville and Niall McNamee and Davy Glennon and Cathal McCarron, all of whom have come out to describe their problems with gambling, and who as a result have contributed much to the greater good.

Last week in Nenagh circuit court, Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson was said to have a "significant gambling problem", there were bank statements which showed "a very large number of transactions in favour of Paddy Power", as he received a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence for obtaining €10,000 by deception from an elderly man, when Gleeson was director of a financial services company - though he wished to clarify that he "never asked for money for gambling".

Gleeson has been in counselling since 2015, when he started that process of recovery which will hopefully enable him to move away from the bad place in which he finds himself at present, a situation made all the more baffling given all the good places in which Gleeson otherwise finds himself.

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