Aidan O'Shea's mother and fiancé hid hate mail from him

July 11, 2024

Mayo's Aidan O'Shea celebrates. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Aidan O'Shea has revealed how his mother and fiancé have stepped in to stop him reading hate mail sent to his home.

In a wide-ranging interview with the BBC’s GAA Social podcast, the long-serving Mayo star said his name and reputation was damaged by the fallout from the removal of Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly as joint-managers in 2015.

“I didn’t read them all, I just didn’t. Maybe I’ll read them in the future,” O'Shea explained.

“I’m sure my mother has them cut out and on the bad list! There was a week-long of stuff, but it’s not really what those people were saying, it’s more all of a sudden what it’s okay for everyone else to say.

“So basically when you are getting stuff in through your post box at home, into your family home, that is just scandalous in my opinion.

“Hand-written letters, typed letters, personal stuff about you, what you should do. It’s quite delicate stuff, that stuff is very difficult. And I know Dad has gone to higher powers to see if we could do something about it."

The Breaffy clubman added: “It’s very hard to trace this stuff and that can be quite difficult. Nameless stuff, or [the] same person probably and different names. So that’s very hard to the point where my mother would have intercepted it at home and when I moved into my house in town, my fiancé would now intercept it.

“It hasn’t happened in the last while, but she would intercept it because you’d know from the writing, there’d be some smart comment on the outside of the letter. They’d hide it and take it away from me.”

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