One of Ireland’s largest sporting sponsors is to have new leadership following the announcement yesterday that John Boyle, founder and CEO of the privately owned Boylesports Bookmakers is to step down.
His successor has been named as son in law Conor Gray who has worked across all the divisions of the betting company over a period of 16 years.
A Masters in Economics Graduate of Queens University Belfast Gray has worked as the company’s Chief Operating Officer since 2014.
Boyle’s Daughters Orla and Jenna also hold senior Executive roles within the business which has been expanding again in 2017 adding to its estate across the island of Ireland of over 230 stores.
it tried but did not succeed to more than double that number with a major deal for over 350 betting shops in the UK last year as fallout from the merger of Ladbrokes and Coral.
Expansion in the UK is still believed to be on the agenda though for the company.
As a sponsor Boylesports is currently a supporter of the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse which this year had record prize money of €500,000 as one of the richest races in the sport.
It has also been a long term backer of the Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park which gets under way next month. In January the company signed a new three-year deal around this race and others on the Greyhound Racing Calendar that is worth a total of €1,000,000.
The company previously sponsored Sunderland in the Premier League as a means of expanding its international online business. It has also previously been an official betting partner of the FAI.