Jan 4, 2013 -- 2:16AM, Kelly wrote:
Sad thing is , insideinfo , that up to about 5 years ago their prices and specials were competitive . Kept the punters interested , they instituted a lot of "firsts" locally and it was relevant for some local punters who largely only had access to Graham shops for various logistical reasons etc . And they had thrived from roots in Townsend pitch ( Uncle Matts late fifties ) and Markets rental shop( Shenkers ? ) to owning around 50 shops or so by eighties . Down to Sean ( snr ) , brilliant bookie , dynamo .They are not alone though , most of our locally grown bookies have sold out to the nationals , shrewd enough move in all cases in my book . Take the money and praise the Lord ! Just hope for their sakes they didn't invest in property !
Willie Duffy for his 20 odd shops in Derry reportedly got around 20 million from brokelads, invested some of that in Lifford dog stadium and a few bars by all accounts.