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Tyrone GAA star reveals he blew gay porn cash in 48 hours

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Cathal McCarron
Cathal McCarron

Tyrone GAA star Cathal McCarron has revealed how he spent all the money he earned for appearing in a gay porn film in just two days due to his chronic gambling addiction.

The Irish News report on the story which the 28-year old reveals in his tell-all autobiography set to be released next week.

McCarron's appearance in the gay porn video happened while he was based in London in 2014 and he speaks openly in the book, called 'Out of Control', on how his gambling addiction lead him to agree to appear in the film.

The Dromore native says he initially responded to an ad for male models but when he arrived at their offices it was clear to him they were in the porn business.

According to McCarron they told him the video would only be available on a pay-per-view basis in US hotels and he accepted the offer of work to feed what he calls his 'destructive habit'

He was initially paid £200 to be filmed urinating and after assuming he would be filming with women, he agreed to take part in gay pornography after he was offered £3,000.

"When the filming was over I felt physically sick, disgusted that I had allowed myself to sink into such an abyss of degradation and humiliation," he says in the book.

However, he admits the that feeling began to dissipate when he was given the cash and he went straight to a bookies and gambled half the money away. By the next evening all the money was gone.

The book, written with Christy O'Connor, goes into great detail about his descent into gambling addiction and he admits that by the age of 21 he had stolen almost £200,000 to feed his habit, most of it taken from his father.

After an IRA threat to shoot him over his activities in 2013, he fled to London but there his problems only got worse.

After the video of his porn appearance became public, he returned to Ireland and entered rehab. He has since returned to inter-county action with Tyrone and he was nominated for an All-Star in 2015 for his performances for the Red Hand County.

McCarron is now studying to be a counsellor in a bid to help others who are gripped by addiction.