Thursday 19 April 2018

Unrest in Kildare as chief fundraisers stand down

The main Kildare board officers were known to be supportive of former manager Kieran McGeeney
The main Kildare board officers were known to be supportive of former manager Kieran McGeeney
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kildare GAA has been dealt a potential body blow with the decision of nearly all of their chief fundraisers to stand down.

The main officers of Club Kildare, with the exception of county board treasurer Martin Whyte, have decided not to seek re-election at next month's AGM.

It leaves a void that could prove difficult to fill, with the collective decision pointing to a disillusionment with the board which has been festering for some time now.

The main officers, including chairman Pat Mangan, the former Kildare footballer, made their decision at an executive meeting on Monday night. They had previously held an EGM to air a number of relevant issues.

The departure of the officers now puts the future of Club Kildare very much in doubt. They were known to be very supportive of previous manager Kieran McGeeney and, as an official of a sub-committee of the Kildare County Board since late 2012, Mangan was adamant he was entitled to a vote - which he didn't get - on the night McGeeney was removed.

Club Kildare have been one of the most active supporters' clubs in the GAA. In 2013 they generated €90,000, while, over the past number of years, they have brought in up to €130,000 for team preparations.

During negotiations with Croke Park over funding in 2012, they agreed to become a sub-committee of the Kildare County Board.

Their main officers were highly influential in securing the most recent sponsorship deal with Brady's Ham and are understood to be unhappy with some of the board's handling of other commercial and fundraising ventures.

Irish Independent

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