Boylesports, “Mind technology,” not Mindfulness was the order of the day in 2012 for John Boyle

Boylesports’ John Boyle












Mind technology interests Boyle, who refuses to read newspapers or watch the news. He urges people to stop listening to bad news because “what you focus on grows.” Boyle states: “I have always absolutely and completely believed in myself.”*


Now is the time for the entrepreneurs of the future providing they remain positive, Managing Director of Boylesports John Boyle tells Meadhbh Monahan.

A trip to London with his father who trained greyhounds for a bookmaker was John Boyle’s first experience of the business.

“They told me he was a millionaire,” Boyle recalls. “I remember coming home and telling all my friends: ‘I’m going to be a millionaire’.”

With an estimated fortune of €45 million, the Armagh native was placed 186 on Ireland’s Sunday Times rich list in 2011.

Boyle puts his success down to his early determination to grab opportunities. After leaving school at 15, he worked in various jobs and when he was sacked from his bread van driver job at the age of 25, he decided to open a bookies in Markethill, County Armagh, in 1982.

“I had been a bread man and found myself with no job. It’s not a nice place to be. I thought if I ever get an opportunity I’m just going to grab it and I’m going to be so appreciative and so grateful,” he tells eolas.

“I worked there for seven years learning the business,” he recalls. In 1989 he opened his second store in Drogheda and “that has progressed to 176 stores today.”

“As a kid going to the greyhounds, I’d love to do a bet. It was exciting and fun, you always thought you were going to win. That’s how I got into it,” Boyle reflects.

“It’s good fun because I’m interested in most sports, if not all sports. It’s a great way to make a living if you love watching football [and] going to sport. It makes it so much easier to be propelled out of bed in the morning.” He continues: “In business or in life, the main thing is that people are doing something that propels them out of bed. I’ve never said: ‘I don’t want to go to work’.”

Mind technology interests Boyle, who refuses to read newspapers or watch the news. He urges people to stop listening to bad news because “what you focus on grows.” Boyle states: “I have always absolutely and completely believed in myself.”

Expanding business

Despite the economic downturn and high unemployment (at 14.7 per cent), he believes that “the opportunity [for business start ups] is there now more so because people are running afraid because they are listening to the bad news. They are hearing it all and they have no self belief.”

Anyone who wants to be a “champion” or reach a high standard needs to “have a mind that doesn’t know failure [and should] not [be] hanging out with people that are talking about failure.”

Now is the time for the entrepreneurs of the future, he contends. Boyle’s advice to budding businesses is: “It’s the best time” because accommodation is 30-50 per cent cheaper, flexi leases are an option and “people willing to give out product for free.”

Located in Dundalk, Boylesports now has 176 retail outlets and 1,100 staff. Its three betting channels are the retail stores, online sports, poker and casino betting and a fon-a-bet service.

“Everybody is interested in investment, everybody believes they are a professional, everybody has an opinion,” according to Boyle.

Whilst betting has largely been targeted at men, recent trends show more women betting on TV shows such as X Factor, Strictly Come dancing or soap operas. This has made the industry “more exciting.”

Moving online never worried Boyle because he remained adamant that retail stores are “social clubs.” His point may have been proven in that, last year, Boylesports opened 40 more retail outlets. However, he concedes that this may have been due to Celtic Bookmakers going into liquidation and William Hill exiting the Irish market. Boylesports bought 18 Celtic Bookmaker stores and 15 of William Hill’s.

New online CEO Keith O’Loughlin has reported that Boylesports online is now growing “ten times faster” than retail. “I would have to get €100K of turnover a week in a shop to keep it successful but they (online) can get millions quickly,” Boyle explains.

The company plans to enter the Asian market in May. “I believe the Chinese culture is renowned for gambling,” Boyle says. “We will take on betting partners and will provide a service for the Asians.”

On the ethics of gambling, Boyle points out that the industry is heavily regulated. “It’s well governed and structured and is always looking out for problem gamblers. It’s a requirement now that all our shop managers are trained to deal with problem gamblers and GamCare online spots potential problem gamblers and directs them where to go if need be.”

When it is put to him that the desperation caused by the economic downturn could have contributed to Boylesports ongoing success (as people with financial problems often turn to gambling), Boyle responds: “There are a lot of pros and cons and ups and downs in anything.”

A lot of people “get incredible pleasure” from placing a bet and “surely anyone with an addictive personality is going to have issues until they sort out their own personality.”

He believes that gambling occurs in stages for the majority of people. “Betting isn’t a thing that lasts. Guys 18 to 20, the next thing they are getting married and by 23 to 24 they’ve moved on. I would say it’s a small percentage of people that stays.”

Advertising is “virtually impossible” on RTÉ. However, Sky Sports does allow the advertising of gambling products.

On Ireland’s economic future, the 56-year-old reflects: “I’m 40 years knocking around and I think: ‘My God, we are in the best of times’.”

He acknowledges that the economy is not hitting the peaks experienced during the boom, but argues: “If you’re in a storm, storms don’t last forever.” When “we are going too fast we have to slow down, take stock and things that aren’t working have to change,” Boyle states.

“The country’s in great shape,” Boyle tells eolas. “It’s a pleasure putting money in the toll bridge. You don’t mind putting the money in for that infrastructure, especially when you’re old school and you’ve driven around the old back roads for years and it was horrific,” he says.

The Irish “are a people that’s well educated.” It is “a bit sad” that “we are educating our people and then exporting them,” acknowledges Boyle, whose own daughter is working in Australia.

Date posted: Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 10:30 am

*Mind technology interests Boyle

As we have shown in an earlier post which reported on John Boyle’s involvement with Tony Quinn hook, line and sinker. His use of the term Mind Technology is a direct quote from Quinn.

Last week we showed the relevance of this for the new situation:

Then in 2012 he tries to completely, change way he viewed Tony Quinn as you will see in the post above. He denies having any connection to Quinn:

…., who refuses to read newspapers or watch the news.

You could be listening to Tony Quinn here as he recommends his followers to not listen to the news. Are we to assume that John Boyle does not keep abreast of what is happening in the world? Can you imagine if his staff followed this advice, the company could be in serious trouble.

He urges people to stop listening to bad news because “what you focus on grows.”

Further advice from Quinn and which is repeated every year at his seminars. In fact TQ promises new insights every year but delivers the same clap trap every year with knobs on.

Boyle states: “I have always absolutely and completely believed in myself.”

Here is a guy who has gone to Tony Quinn because he feels a need to fill some void, but he is pretty insecure. We can put it another way, Tony has told me to say to say I believe in myself. However, the presence of Georgina Dolan shows there is something he is still missing and she provides the crutch that leads him to go with her to Blackrock,  Co. Louth to resolve issues on a nearly daily basis.


One Response

  1. Boasting and bragging is what they do best. He can’t help it because it’s part of the hypnotic programme.


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