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My Second Godfather

by Padraig Parkinson |  Published: Jul 01, 2009


My commitment to the live radio show The Poker Show meant I couldn’t travel to Dublin to pay my respects to Tony Mahon, owner of the 78 Club in Dublin, who passed away in his sleep last week. Tony may not be fast-tracked for sainthood but he did a lot for me so maybe I should have gone anyway. In the early-ish nineties, I went for a pint with Tony’s son, Barry, who told me the club was trying to revive its poker room and asked if Scott Gray and I would support it. I said we would of course, except there was a slight problem in that we’d just gone broke. In fact, if I had paid for two more drinks I would have had to walk home. Barry bought the drinks, so I got the bus, which put me into Con Houlihan’s definition of failure, “a 30-year-old on ...

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