John Boyle was interviewed by Richard Curran on RTÉ – The Business
1 hour show looking at business and enterprise in Ireland.
18 April 2015
John Boyle grew up in Camlough, Co. Armagh, and after an extended stint as a bread van driver found himself having to reassess his life at the tender age of 25. He opened a bookmaker’s shop in nearby Markethill that has now grown into the BoyleSports empire of 205 outlets, a thriving online business, and an annual turnover in excess of €1bn.
You can listen back here to the show:
This interview has elements of his own story but what is clearly missing is his fanatical support for Tony Quinn. Has he broken with him as this interview suggests or is this a tactical regrouping? We await further comments from staff who will tell us if this is window dressing.
Note in 2011 in an interview with Aine Coffey of the Sunday Times what John Boyle had to say:
Another wake-up call came in 2002, when he attended a two-week mind power
seminar given by Tony Quinn, the controversial ‘lifestyle guru’, that “lit my light”. As far as “mind technology” goes, he is both believer and evangelist. “All his philosophy made sense to me. I would say it is the best thing I have ever done. The key thing I took out of it is your thoughts create your reality and if you have control of your mind, you can achieve that goal. “I always had this understanding there was a power inside of me taking care of me and looking after me and I could ask it for anything.”
Then in 2012 Boylesports was at the centre of a claim by some staff that they were being forced to do courses based on Tony Quinn’s Educo philosophy.
He brought in consultants to try to get rid of the brainwashing tag and has rebranded what happens as the now publically acceptable mindfulness.
You can read about the evolution there.