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29th Sep 2018

Two Mayo clubs call exclusion by county board from J.P. McManus funding

Jack O'Toole

Caiseal Gaels Hurling and Ballyvary hurling have both said that they have been excluded from the J.P. McManus funding by the Mayo county board.

McManus donated €100,000 to every Gaelic Games county board in Ireland earlier this week with the funding to be divided equally among local clubs.

The €3.2m donation follows Limerick’s recent All-Ireland Hurling Championship win over Galway with McManus serving as a long time sponsor of Limerick GAA.

Caiseal claim that their club and Ballyvary were the only two clubs in the county to be excluded from the allocation while Ballyvary have called on the Mayo county board to reverse their decision regarding the funding split.

Ballyvary also released a follow up statement on their Facebook page:

“In reply to the overwhelming response, messages of support and queries received in relation to the Mayo GAA allocation of the JP McManus funding, we would like to offer the following clarification.

“Ballyvary Hurling Club await a written response as to why we were excluded from the donation given by JP McManus to the Mayo County Board. We have been informed that it was a decision and not an omission or error on the part of the County Board. Without speculating any further as to the “Why” we will allow the Mayo County Board the opportunity to explain their decision making process on the matter.

“What we can confirm is that there are 50 GAA Clubs listed on the Mayo GAA Website. 48 of those clubs were notified on Thursday September 27th last that they would each be receiving a sum of €2083.34, an equal division of the €100,000 donation from JP McManus to be paid by EFT in the coming week.

“The two clubs listed on the Mayo GAA website that the Mayo County Board did not allocate any of the funding to were Ballyvary Hurling Club and Caiseal Gaels. Both clubs are hurling clubs directly involved with the promotion of Gaelic games at an underage level in Mayo, participated in County Board ran competitions in 2018 up to U21 level and were host clubs for the national Feile na nGael competition held in Connacht in June this year.

“As a small, rural club in central Mayo a windfall of €2,000 would have had a huge impact on our ability to deliver the best possible coaching to the most important asset of our club – the children aged 5-14 who turn up every week with smiles on their faces to try and improve their skills, make new friends and have fun in a safe and positive environment.

“We await a written response from Mayo GAA on the matter.”

Caiseal Gaels were contacted for comment and SportsJOE awaits a response from the club. Ballyvary were also contacted for comment but declined to expand on their original statements. The Mayo county board were contacted but could not be reached.

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