Belfast Telegraph

Founder of betting giant BoyleSports appoints his successor

By Staff Reporter

Irish betting giant BoyleSports, which was founded in Co Armagh, has appointed the son-in-law of founder John Boyle as its new chief executive.

Conor Gray from Armagh is taking over after Mr Boyle announced his plans to retire earlier this year.

Mr Gray is a graduate of Queen's University and a trained accountant.

He has worked for BoyleSports for 16 years, starting as trainee cashier at a Dublin branch in 2001.

Mr Gray later moved onto senior roles including IT, trading and digital, and became chief operating officer in 2014.

Mr Boyle, now executive chairman, said: "After 35 years building BoyleSports from one shop into Ireland's largest independent bookmaker, it would not be possible to step back if I were not confident that I was handing the reins to the right person.

"In Conor I am confident I have a successor who can bring not only experience and expertise but also a passion for all things related to bookmaking in general and BoyleSports in particular."

Mr Gray is married to Mr Boyle's daughter Kerry. The business started out in the village of Markethill in 1982. There are now around 220 outlets in the Republic.

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