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Irish racing cancelled as Varadkar increases COVID-19 measures

Horse racing across Ireland came to a halt last night following new restrictions imposed by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, which has seen all sporting events cancelled until 19 April at the earliest due to COVID-19. Irish racing has been taking place without spectators since 13 March, and was subject to strict controls. The restrictions meant that race meetings were closed …

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ITV Racing nets late Thurles Ireland broadcast

Updating stakeholders, ITV Racing has confirmed that it has secured a last minute deal which will see it broadcast this Saturday’s Irish horse-racing event in Thurles. The announcement follows on from news that Horseracing Ireland (HRI) would continue its race fixtures behind closed doors for the foreseeable future amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The company will broadcast five races on ITV4 with the show being presented by Ed Chamberlin alongside …

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HRI gives racing the green light to take place behind closed doors

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) has confirmed that race meetings will go ahead, but will be ‘held in strict adherence to Government guidelines regarding COVID-19’.  The decision, which is reported to be motivated by employment and incomes for those across the sector, will see all fixtures staged without spectators.  Nicky Hartery, Chairman of Horse Racing Ireland, said: “These are unprecedented and sombre …

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BoyleSports closes Irish retail estate in response to COVID-19

In line with the Irish government’s social-isolation policy due to COVID-19, independent bookmaker BoyleSports has confirmed that it will be closing its entire retail estate across the Republic of Ireland. The closure, which will impact 278 retail shops, will come into effect from 8pm on 18 March, and will remain in effect until after 29 March, at the earliest. Conor …

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BoyleSports upgrades retail displays with Scientific Games ‘Promote’

BoyleSports has continued the revamp of its in-store betting experience by upgrading its betting shop monitors with the Scientific Games’ ‘Promote’ screen management solution. Designed to better inform punters on betting shop content and upcoming events, the Promote display management solution will allow betting shop management to present sports data in a sleek and intuitive manner. BoyleSports retail management tested Scientific Games’ …

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GPA proposes ban on gambling adverts during live GAA broadcasts

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has reached out to representatives of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), calling for a ban on gambling adverts during live broadcasts of gaelic football and hurling.  The players’ body has called for a ban to be written into GAA rules, with a motion currently prepared for GAA Congress this weekend. If successful, the proposal will …

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Irish Greyhound Board orders Sportech Tote upgrade

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The Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) has sanctioned racing systems provider Sportech Plc to upgrade its Tote wagering services operating across its syndicated Ireland track portfolio. Securing a multi-year agreement with the Sportech Racing and Digital division, IGB upgrades its current ‘Series 7 Tote’ to Sportech’s state-of-the-art Quantum™ System. The agreement sees IGB partner with the ‘most widely deployed’ Tote betting …

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MansionBet expands horse racing sponsorship with HRI

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Online sports betting operator MansionBet has announced the expansion of its current horse racing sponsorships into Ireland for 2020 with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI). As a result of the deal, the Gibraltar-based operator is now set to sponsor over 60 events throughout the UK & Ireland, including Doncaster, Newmarket, Newbury, Cork, Naas and Fairyhouse. Dana Bocker, Head of Integrated Marketing at Mansion, …

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Parimatch launches ‘epic’ Conor McGregor campaign

International betting operator Parimatch has launched its latest marketing campaign with former two-weight UFC champion, Conor McGregor.  McGregor, who doubles as a Parimatch brand ambassador, is one of the world’s most recognisable combat sports athletes and sees himself centre in a campaign which has been named “A new epic story.”  The campaign, which was created by Canadian director Angelo Merten and …

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Bruce Betting buyout sees BoyleSports expand home network

BoyleSports, Ireland’s second-biggest bookmaker has moved to expand its home market retail capacity acquiring outright the betting shop properties of independent operator Bruce Betting. Operating since 1977, Bruce Betting maintains a retail portfolio of 18 betting shops located within the counties of Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare and Westmeath. During 2018, Thomas Byrne Managing Director of Bruce Betting, urged Irish Finance Minister …

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