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Friday 24 January 2020

Galway fans at odds with county board

Galway GAA flag
Galway GAA flag

Galway GAA has come under more pressure with the release of a statement from their official supporters' club questioned their links with the Board.

The Tribesmen Supporters Club has said its officers will be "assessing our future over the coming weeks" to see what future role, if any, they will play.

The statement was issued by Brendan O'Hagan on behalf of the committee and it outlined their function and the money they have raised, €1.177m over the last three years through various fundraising initiatives designed to support the county teams.

It follows questions raised by Galway GAA sponsors Supermacs over two months ago as they sought clarity as to how the money they were giving was being spent.

Two reports

Supermacs called for two reports into Galway's financial affairs to be released, one an internal investigation and a further probe by the accounting firm Mazars who had a series of recommendations around financial governance. This report has since being published.

As the official Supporters' Club arm, Galway GAA has oversight of Tribesmen GAA but dissatisfaction in the relationship is clearly evident with the release of this statement.

Issues of governance have arisen in Mayo where the county's International Supporters Association are withholding $250,000 raised at a gala dinner in New York last May until they are satisfied that a number of procedural issues are in place, among them business plans for an Academy and Centre of Excellence which were the chief object of the fundraising dinner in the first place.

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