Independent bookmaker BoyleSports has bought a number of Hacketts outlets from the High Court-appointed liquidators, Ken Tyrrell and Declan McDonald of PwC. 

The stores are at Cashel in Co Tipperary, Callan in Co Kilkenny, Mountmellick in Co Laois and Rathkeale in Co Limerick.

The four stores will  be reopened immediately and will be rebranded as BoyleSports outlets. 

The deal brings the number of BoyleSports outlets on the island of Ireland to 212. 

Last month, the directors of Hacketts placed the business in liquidation, which resulted in the closure of all of its 18 shops and the loss of 35 jobs.

Originally founded by Cyril and Monica Hackett more than 50 years ago, the family business had expanded from its Midland base up to a peak of 65 shops nationwide, employing over 160 staff.

The business had struggled in recent years and the directors had tried to restructure the business by closing 26 stores and selling a further 15 shops to Paddy Power.

Jenna Boyle, Head of Retail at Boylesports, said that at a retail level, the Irish bookmaking sector is the most competitive in the world.