Wednesday 13 November 2019

Millionaire Mayo backer receives apology from county board over 'donkey' song choice at Underdogs game

Mayo ahead of a championship encounter in New York in May. Photo: Sportsfile
Mayo ahead of a championship encounter in New York in May. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

THE chairman of the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation Tim O’Leary has received an apology from Mayo GAA over the choice of songs that were used as part of the half-time entertainment in Saturday’s match between a county team selection and the ‘Underdogs’ in MacHale Park.

Among the songs played were ‘Money, Money, Money’ and ‘Shoe the Donkey’ which the letter of apology states was a “light-hearted take on recent events” after a county board officer referred to the businessman as a “donkey” in an earlier email.

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The foundation is withholding €250,000 which was raised at a gala dinner in New York last May because business plans for the centre of excellence and academy have not been provided in accordance with a letter that outlined an agreement with chairman Mike Connelly in April. The relationship between the foundation and the board has deteriorated.

The apology for the choice of music stated it was never the intention “to offend you or anyone else” and also claimed that O’Leary himself had posted numerous references and images of donkeys on social media in recent weeks.

O’Leary has said he is happy to accept the apology from the officer in question and move on.

Attention turns to tomorrow’s county board meeting in Castlebar where officials have promised to respond to the foundation’s letters in a detailed way. It follows a third letter sent by the foundation in recent days to the board’s auditors requesting information around financial governance.

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