Bookies suspend betting on Jamesie lining out for Sky Sports

Bookies suspend betting on Jamesie lining out for Sky Sports

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Clare hurling legend Jamesie O’Connor is one of the bookies favourites to be named by Sky Sports as a TV pundit in their coverage of the GAA hurling championship.

Bookies Paddy Power has seen heavy betting on the two-time All Ireland winner (42) being hired as a panelist by the UK broadcasting giant and has stopped taking wagers from customers.

Sky will begin its coverage of the championship with the clash of rivals Kilkenny and Offaly in Nowlan Park on June 7.

O’Connor and and Tipperary hurling great Nicky English had been available at odds of 7/2 and 9/4 respectively on Thursday morning but were backed into odds-on on Friday before the bookie was forced to pull the plug.

This is the third Sky-related market that the bookmaker has been forced to shut after relentless backing of other well-fancied stars.

The betting firm already cancelled all prices on London-based Sky Sports presenter Rachael Wyse (29), ex Kerry star Paul Galvin (34) and Co Tyrone football great Peter Canavan (43) being involved in the new TV coverage.

A spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “They say money talks and in this instance screaming at us that UK sports fans are going to see plenty of O’Connor, English, Wyse, Galvin and Canavan this summer.”

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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