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Supermac's Call For Investigation Into Galway GAA Sponsorship Spending

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Replying To bloodyban:  "Cork were getting million over 3 years about 10 years ago.. Limerick are on at least double of what Galway get. Tipperary are the same. I cant believe how little Galway were getting off Supermacs."
Cork are still getting €1 million for 3 years and tipp get €380,000 per year, Galways deal is for €2 million for 5 years. Which deal would you take??

Blackberry (Galway) - Posts: 23 - 05/10/2019 08:37:56    2241450

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This is not an anti Dublin post but equity between all teams most be discussed if truly wanting to stay an amateur sport. The only difference in the past was some counties had and have better players than other counties. Now there can be no denying the relationship between money and success. Some mangers are paid exuberant money, travelling expenses, cars etc. that other counties can not afford. Back room staff are as good as the money you can shell out. Professionalism is here but under the table. Typically Irish. The GAA do put money in at grass roots and I would be confident if the will was there could level the playing field for all counties. This could involve modest payment for county players, set manager expenses and back room staff. This after all the other existing commitments are met. Call it what you like, expenses, semi-professional, inter county player allowance. Ignoring the money advantage to some that exist now is head in the sand stuff. The GAA in lots of ways are an example to other sporting bodies but need to get a handle on this now.

Canuck (Waterford) - Posts: 775 - 05/10/2019 18:28:50    2241505

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Teams and managements have generally outgrown their county boards in terms of a professional approach.
Many county boards aren't really fit to be dealing with all the issues that they have to be dealing with.
Decent people who give of their time alright.
HQ have created a bit or a monster in a round about way.

gahfan (Wexford) - Posts: 475 - 05/10/2019 19:44:03    2241523

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Pat McDonagh and his management should stick to frying chips. Some nerve coming out with that statement. Clubs received details of audit last December and its in the public domain. Second audit barely completed and will be made public. Showboating on Supermacs part, their money was spent on Galway GAA. End of.

Bellewest (Westmeath) - Posts: 150 - 07/10/2019 16:18:18    2241876

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Replying To baire:  "I think most ppl would agree that how the county board distributes its sponsorship money should be revealed to all those concerned, however, asking for such information through twitter is not a good way to sustain a harmonious working relationship. Why go public? Did the board refuse to give the info privately, I wonder?"
Seems from reading the previous posts that Supermacs have been asking privately for a number of years now without getting any satisfactory answer. Why the secrecy? Why were reports into this not published in full? The Galway County Board and indeed Croke Park havent helped this situation at all. I agree that taking to twitter isnt ideal but maybe there were no other avenues left to pursue....

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 906 - 07/10/2019 18:33:11    2241899

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Replying To Bellewest:  "Pat McDonagh and his management should stick to frying chips. Some nerve coming out with that statement. Clubs received details of audit last December and its in the public domain. Second audit barely completed and will be made public. Showboating on Supermacs part, their money was spent on Galway GAA. End of."
Where can this info be accessed? The 1st audit?

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 906 - 07/10/2019 18:35:06    2241900

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Replying To Bellewest:  "Pat McDonagh and his management should stick to frying chips. Some nerve coming out with that statement. Clubs received details of audit last December and its in the public domain. Second audit barely completed and will be made public. Showboating on Supermacs part, their money was spent on Galway GAA. End of."
Amazing how some posts on this thread that are accurate don't see the light of day, yet along you come giving the GAA line, nothing to see here & posted no problem. Yet when your asked to clarify & prove your statement, you don't reply ! Amazing how today we see another nugget of information on how Croke Park vetoed the publication of the report. The truth will out & some major figures are going to be mightily embarrassed & exposed as some info is waiting to be leaked,

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 1000 - 08/10/2019 18:23:15    2242133

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Replying To Viking66:  "Where can this info be accessed? The 1st audit?"
Great question.....we await an answer

galwayfball (Galway) - Posts: 1107 - 08/10/2019 23:27:48    2242227

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What is the original back story to this?
Why are the county board being audited by Croke Park in the first place? Whats the story with the missing ticket money? Is is mismanagement, fraud, incompetence?
Galway people on this site questioning Pat McDonagh should be ashamed in my opinion. One of the biggest supporters of Galway GAA and ye are willing to turn your backs on him that quick for asking how his money was spent?

LarryOBrother (Wexford) - Posts: 213 - 09/10/2019 08:39:52    2242248

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Replying To Bellewest:  "Pat McDonagh and his management should stick to frying chips. Some nerve coming out with that statement. Clubs received details of audit last December and its in the public domain. Second audit barely completed and will be made public. Showboating on Supermacs part, their money was spent on Galway GAA. End of."
Can you please advise were in the public domain this information is? Without substantial prove your post is nothing more than hearsay.

Also to say that a major sponsor should be told that the money they donate was spent on Galway GAA 'end of' is totally ridiculous.

It is their right and the wider GAA community's right to be able to see a breakdown of spend by county boards.

Wally (Tyrone) - Posts: 711 - 09/10/2019 09:38:16    2242255

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Replying To LarryOBrother:  "What is the original back story to this?
Why are the county board being audited by Croke Park in the first place? Whats the story with the missing ticket money? Is is mismanagement, fraud, incompetence?
Galway people on this site questioning Pat McDonagh should be ashamed in my opinion. One of the biggest supporters of Galway GAA and ye are willing to turn your backs on him that quick for asking how his money was spent?"
"Allegedlly" there were some very fishy dealing in the past. Some Ex county boards officials using Galway money for personal use and a whole mess of other things. There are strong rumours even what is been released now is only the tip of the iceberg and some people will be praying it will be swept under the carpet because the legal costs could run into serious money and unclear evidence would be hard get a prosecutions.

sourmilk93 (Roscommon) - Posts: 399 - 09/10/2019 09:42:25    2242256

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Replying To LarryOBrother:  "What is the original back story to this?
Why are the county board being audited by Croke Park in the first place? Whats the story with the missing ticket money? Is is mismanagement, fraud, incompetence?
Galway people on this site questioning Pat McDonagh should be ashamed in my opinion. One of the biggest supporters of Galway GAA and ye are willing to turn your backs on him that quick for asking how his money was spent?"
i think its just trolling to be honest. Pat & Una owe Galway nothing. Find me another investor who will sponsor a county with limited success for that long. ill wait.

CillTormoir (Galway) - Posts: 127 - 09/10/2019 09:50:00    2242261

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Galway are supposed to have brought in a Financial controller. I hope he is working on this.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1764 - 09/10/2019 09:53:19    2242263

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Replying To LarryOBrother:  "What is the original back story to this?
Why are the county board being audited by Croke Park in the first place? Whats the story with the missing ticket money? Is is mismanagement, fraud, incompetence?
Galway people on this site questioning Pat McDonagh should be ashamed in my opinion. One of the biggest supporters of Galway GAA and ye are willing to turn your backs on him that quick for asking how his money was spent?"
I would also like to point out that pat mcdonagh is only questioning where the money for the male teams is going. Clearly the ladies teams were able to provide him with receipts and transparency in their spending.

galwayfball (Galway) - Posts: 1107 - 09/10/2019 10:33:49    2242276

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Replying To galwayford:  "Galway are supposed to have brought in a Financial controller. I hope he is working on this."
He has a tough job but he cant change what happened in the past. If the county board mismanaged this money heads need to roll. This isnt pocket change they were in charge of spending this money to benefit our players and management and if this didnt happen they should have to answer for it

A hurling team with a very good chance of winning an all ireland cant find candidates for the job. There is an issue

galwayfball (Galway) - Posts: 1107 - 09/10/2019 10:38:49    2242278

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Part of me is thinking Pat McDonagh should stick to flipping burgers. Another part of me says there is no harm in having a full audit of Galway GAA accounts. Anyway Gaillimh abú

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1764 - 09/10/2019 11:57:12    2242309

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Apologies for last post, Mr McDonagh is a great Galway man and a great supporter of Galway GAA. Thanks for this and well done.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1764 - 09/10/2019 11:59:40    2242311

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Apologies for last post, Mr McDonagh is a great Galway man and a great supporter of Galway GAA. Thanks for this and well done.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1764 - 09/10/2019 12:50:07    2242326

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Replying To galwayfball:  "He has a tough job but he cant change what happened in the past. If the county board mismanaged this money heads need to roll. This isnt pocket change they were in charge of spending this money to benefit our players and management and if this didnt happen they should have to answer for it

A hurling team with a very good chance of winning an all ireland cant find candidates for the job. There is an issue"
But my understanding is that the money mismanagement happened under the watch of the previous chairman and that those who have most questions to answer are no longer on the county board. The present chairman is the lightning rod for criticism now but if I'm not mistaken he is just 2 years in the job and was unanimously re-elected last year by club delegates at the county convention even after the first rumblings of this story were aired. Can only wonder why if he was unanimously re-elected he is now been portrayed as being at the root of the problem?

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1401 - 09/10/2019 13:03:24    2242333

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Replying To sourmilk93:  ""Allegedlly" there were some very fishy dealing in the past. Some Ex county boards officials using Galway money for personal use and a whole mess of other things. There are strong rumours even what is been released now is only the tip of the iceberg and some people will be praying it will be swept under the carpet because the legal costs could run into serious money and unclear evidence would be hard get a prosecutions."
Massive cover ups, this goes all the way to the top of the Association. People need to write to the various State bodies calling for an independent investigation similar to what's going on in the FAI. A very similar scenario is happening in Galway GAA as happened in the FAI.

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 1000 - 09/10/2019 14:13:20    2242361

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