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Out of Control: How My Addiction Almost Killed Me

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For me, for what I went through and how bad a place it was, I can honestly say that words can't describe how bad a place it was. Interesting memoir of a young Irish professional footballer with a bad gambling addition, so bad he stole, went without food to feed his addiction. I suppose, at 16 years of age I placed my first bet and I'd say within two years, I was a chronic compulsive gambler and it took off from there. More recently, in July of this year, the Director of Public Prosecution decided not to prosecute McCarron after it emerged that he had met a 15-year-old girl on Tinder. Gardai separated him from the pub security to ask him what happened and be became aggressive to them.

There were five minutes remaining when Gareth McKinless wrote off Ronan McNamee with a sliding tackle. The words McCarron might be better off seeking solace come from another Northern Ireland players' recent autobiography, Paul McVeigh's 'The Stupid Footballer Is Dead'. People were working all the hours God sent them, struggling to bring up their children, finding it hard to make ends meet. He described his gambling addiction as "so destructive" that he would "descend into a dysfunctional world". The flames from that bonfire of bad blood were still visible two days after that game on the back page of the Irish News.

For me to come through that and play football again, I have to say from the bottom of my heart (how grateful I am to) the amount of GAA players who gave me respect this year and last year and never said a word. Daddy wasn’t happy with Mummy’s actions but that was part of the baggage that comes with a family break-up.

In a statement Mr McCarron's solicitor said: "In November 2015 Cathal McCarron cooperated fully with An Garda Siochana investigating allegations made on behalf of a young female. People made a lot of jokes about it after, when it came out and they don't realise, my God that had some effect on me. If it transpires that he gets airtime and publicity after I gave my side of the story I would question the depths they would stoop to.Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted the Derry manager Damian Barton coming across, plumes of smoke billowing from his ears.

It came to this situation where this company said, 'look, there's no money in doing pornography with a woman. We worked together in a previous job and while our exchanges could be robust, strong opinions and a certain license to exchange them were only welcomed in my view. McCarron took to twitter on Thursday to confirm he is due to be interviewed by Ryan Tubridy on October 28 - almost a year to the day after he met with the girl in Co Kildare. When he went through that ordeal in London - an ordeal that spanned hours - he came out and spotted a Ladbrokes on the corner.DB: To me it's a book about addiction, more so than a sports book, with a couple of personal life hooks. I'm not a GAA fan and know nothing about this sport but Cathals story is well written and he deserves respect for laying himself bare with all the bad stuff. He added: "It has been tough for Niamh to rebuild trust in me, but I am prepared to try anything to ensure she does.

I can’t say that I intentionally went out to hurt Emmett, but it scared me afterwards when I looked back on what I had actually done. At seventeen, you can get trapped in the fog of alcohol exploration, but gambling always dictated the journey I was undertaking. When you’re running, you rarely use your hands, but MMA is brilliant for tackling because your hands have to work so fast and so often. McCarron took to Twitter on Thursday to claim that his appearance would not be in contravention to this.

The consciousness and acceptance of the chronic disease tearing you apart only extends as far as the next bet, as far as the craving to find more money and sate that burning desire to gamble. I know what I can do and I’d be confident enough of looking after myself if someone squared up to me. While the world looked on in awe at a man who had scored the decisive goal in an All-Ireland final and entered forever into the folklore of the GAA, in his personal life he was drowning. We have been in plenty of scrapes over the years and you never saw Harte stuck in the middle of any of them.

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