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Thursday 5 December 2019

Another twist to Mayo funding row

Tim O’Leary
Tim O’Leary

Mayo GAA's ongoing funding row has taken another twist with the chairman of the county's International Supporters' Foundation - the group withholding €250,000 in funding from the county board - writing to the county expressing an interest in bidding for the naming rights to MacHale Park.

New York-based trader Tim O'Leary, who has been a major backer of Mayo GAA in recent years, emailed the county's commercial manager Tom Reilly, expressing interest in submitting a tender for the package, which also includes being the main sponsor on county jerseys.

Elverys hold the naming rights until the end of next season and are widely expected to renew their deal but O'Leary has asked for "a copy of the tender documents along with your bid-assessment process".

"It has come to my attention that Mayo GAA are in the process of seeking submissions for commercial sponsorship of the various teams to include the senior team and the naming rights to MacHale Park," read the letter, which was signed by O'Leary.

"Can I ask that you accept this letter as an expression of my interest in submitting a tender for the sponsorship package. Can I ask that you please forward me a copy of the tender documents along with your bid-assessment process.

"I trust that the CB will run a professional bid process with relevant governance structures in place. I look forward to hearing from you are your earliest convenience," concluded the letter.

Last month a highly critical letter, seen by the Irish Independent, stated the foundation had ceased funding the board "until appropriate governance structures are put in place".

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