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Thursday 19 September 2019

Two Galway GAA clubs bet on themselves in 'crucial' games this year - outgoing chairman reveals

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The gambling crisis in GAA has been highlighted in recent years by the plight of the likes of Offaly's Niall McNamee and All-Ireland winner Oisin McConville but the problem remains a huge issue.

Last night at the Galway GAA convention in Salthill, outgoing county chairman Noel Treacy made a startling revelation involving two clubs in the county.

He claimed that two teams had organised individual and group bets on themselves during 2016.

“In my address at last year’s convention, I alluded to the serious gambling problem, bedeviling our association at player level," he said

“Regretfully, I must report that more players are still reporting to us, with serious gambling addiction problems.

“During the past year at least two of our club teams arranged individual and group bets, on crucial games.

“In one instance, they lost both the game and their money. In another instance, the betting team won the game and I presume their bets also.”

Treacy, a former Fianna Fail government minister, used the platform to urge the GAA to do more to combat the scourge of gambling addication.

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“I appeal to all club officers, team managers and all members, to be vigilant in observing and dealing with this current crisis. Our county health and wellbeing committee is available to assist both clubs and any affected individuals."

He was replaced as county chairman by Pat Kearney but was elected to become a delegate with the Connacht Council.

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