Betting and Ireland have always been inextricably interwoven. In Ireland, sports betting, notably horse racing, is prevalent. Ireland has the most horses per capita in Europe and is one of the world's top four racehorse breeders.
Horse racing and outstanding jockeys have made the Emerald Isle famous today. It's not just jumping, though. Football, boxing, cricket, and more sports are available to wager on in Ireland. Today, there are fantastic Irish betting facilities all around the island.
English-fueled Ireland's betting industry has a long history. This all began in the 17th and 18th centuries, driven by two things. The first reason is that horse racing grew more popular as a sport, and the second is that English rule in Ireland was restored. Although Ireland was a colony, it had some autonomy. However, betting activities in Ireland remained unregulated because there was no English influence to govern the practice.
In 1922, Ireland recovered control of its country after three years of fighting between the IRA and British forces. This allowed Ireland to control its territory, and the 1926 Betting Act was passed to regulate betting activities.
The British strengthened Ireland's already-growing gaming sector. The English re-established power in Ireland, which had become a British colony but did not heed the police's orders. The betting industry remained unreported and unregulated during this time.
People were free to wager on their favorite horses without fear of repercussions. This might not have happened if the British hadn't arrived in the 18th century.