THE Galway hurling board attempted to buy back a Leinster Championship medal won in a historic match last year after it was placed for sale on eBay.
The GAA officials had hoped to secure the medal, presented to one of the Galway panel after their win over Kilkenny last July.
However, the body was outbid for the item which eventually went for €570.
"They were bidding on it themselves and they were the top bidder at the end of last week. The medal was only up to €200 on the day before it sold and the board had been bidding then but they didn't get it," said a source.
A spokesman for the county board said the sale of the medal was "regrettable" but stressed that it was the private property of the team member in question and his to do with as he wished.
As speculation as to the original owner of the medal continues, it was confirmed that the item did not belong to any of the team or subs who togged out for the clash against Kilkenny.
It was one of seven replica medals ordered by the Galway County Board for the remaining panel.