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#BettingPeople: DAVE O’REILLY

#BettingPeople: Dave O’Reilly has spent a lifetime in the betting industry, working with Mecca, Ladbrokes then rising through the ranks with Paddy Power. In that time he survived robberies and other hardships with the humour and big personality he’s become known for. Now a freelancer he spreads his time between opening betting shops, commentating live at the dogs and off tube for Ladbrokes, works on-course for AK Bets and in his spare time, marries people.

DAVE O’REILLY part 1 of 3)

Dave talks about leaving Ireland as a young man, working for Mecca, then Ladbrokes where he was soon running his own shop then for Paddy Power when he moved back to Ireland. He also describes a hairy moment.

DAVE O’REILLYΒ (part 2 of 3)

Dave goes deeper into his robbery stories and his doubts about the victim, a funny story from his days working in on-course betting shops and why his idea of customer service and that of his employers ultimately led to him leaving.

DAVE O’REILLY (part 3 of 3)

Dave talks about his commentating, opening betting shops and broadcasting as well as his other career as an ethical celebrant and why he does weddings and not funerals, concluding with a tale of a shiner.