Mayo GAA County Board

  • A number of GAA clubs in Mayo have challenged the nature of a vote of confidence in the county board, taken at Monday night's meeting.

    Media were not allowed into the meeting that was held to discuss the ongoing impasse with the county's International GAA Supporters Foundation, but detailed discussion did not take place on legal advice, after a letter from a London-based law firm, representing Foundation chairman Tim O'Leary, warned against potential defamation.

    However, the meeting did conclude with a vote of confidence in the county board - but the Irish Independent reports that Charlestown, Louisburgh, Ballycastle, Ardnaree Sarsfields, Lahardane MacHales, Burrishoole and Castlebar Mitchels clubs are contesting the outcome, while also seeking clarity on whether it actually took place.

    The board insist that because there was no objection when the proposal was made, and seconded, a vote was not required.

    A county board statement issued after the meeting said the vote of confidence was "resoundingly passed by all delegates".

    A second vote to prohibit the media from future board meetings was carried by a show of hands on Monday night, but some of the clubs have taken to social media to register their disapproval with the move.

    In a communication to clubs last night, Mayo secretary Dermot Butler appealed to clubs to desist from using social media to express their views.

    He said the proper forum is to go through their respective Club Secretaries.


  • The ongoing controversy between Mayo GAA county Board and Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation looks set to be raised at today’s monthly meeting of Mayo County Council.

    Ballina Independent councillor Mark Duffy , intends to raise the matter in the chamber this afternoon, where he will call for the appointment of a full time CEO of Mayo County Board.

    Mayo County Board Executive have been called to a meeting with senior officials in Croke Park to discuss the ongoing dispute. The Connacht Council intervened in the row over the weekend , with secretary John Prenty arranging the meeting in an effort to find a resolution to the conflict surrounding Mayo GAA in recent weeks.

    The dispute centres around a quarter of a million euro that has been fund raised by the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation but which has not yet been handed over to Mayo County Board. The Foundation is citing governance issues, for its withholding of the monies.