The Greatest Bleeding Hearts Racket in the World: Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes

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The Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes was Ireland's most famous export from the 1930s to the 1970s when it was finally exposed for the sordid scam that it was. The epic story of this illicit super-lottery encompasses tales of international piracy and instant celebrity; of smuggling on a global scale using IRA old boy networks; of publicity blackouts ordered by tormented governments; of turf wars with other rackets; of massive institutionalized bribery and corruption; of damaging diplomatic incidents; and not least of the Irish hospitals which were used as a front and increasingly starved of the funds gathered in their name. This is a tale of greed, adventure, fraud and intrigue spanning decades. It's one of the twentieth century's boldest success stories and one of its most brazen scandals. And now it's almost forgotten. The Sweeps provided a plotline for Hollywood movies, Broadway musicals and classic TV shows. Now, The Greatest Bleeding Hearts Racket in the World tells the whole story. It is a terrific read.

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Damian Corless is a former Managing Editor of Magill, Editor of In Dublin and News Analyst with the Evening Herald. He currently contributes to the Irish Independent. His books include GUBU Nation (2004) and Party Nation (2007). He has written TV comedy for BBC2 and RTE.

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