Tuesday 20 February 2018

Proposed New York fundraiser 'not sanctioned' by Mayo GAA

Mayo will contest the All Ireland final against Dublin
Mayo will contest the All Ireland final against Dublin
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

The Mayo County Board has distanced itself from a proposed fundraiser that was organised in New York next month.

A strong statement was issued this evening by the county board after reports of a fundraiser being organised in New York on September 10, a week before Mayo are due to take on Dublin in All-Ireland final.

Mayo GAA said that this function has not been scantioned by them or Cairde Mhaigheo, the official fundraising wing of Mayo GAA.

The statement read: “A recent announcement of what been depicted as a senior football team fundraiser will take place in New York on September 10, has prompted us to release this statement.

No fundraiser of this nature in New York has been sanctioned by Mayo GAA or Cairde Mhaigheo, the official fund-raising wing of Mayo GAA.

“We welcome all financial support for Mayo GAA, but fund-raisers must come through the proper channels so that money can be diverted to the cause of preparing our teams.

“This year, our senior football team has once again been prepared to a very high standard. We make this investment in our teams so that they can be in the best possible condition to achieve our common goal of winning the All-Ireland senior football title. Mayo county board, team management and players are all working together to advance this goal at all times.

“To prepare all our county teams – all ages, including hurling and football – we will have an expenditure in excess of €1 million this year.

“But funds must come through the board – it is the only way we can maintain clear control over the finances of Mayo GAA.

“Supporters can be sure that money raised at Cairde Mhaigheo functions will go directly towards preparing the various teams.

“If anyone is unsure whether a fundraising activity is legitimately going towards the team training fund then please contact the Mayo GAA office on (094) 9250487 or any officer of the executive.

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