Cáirde Mhaigheo confirm funds to stay ‘on-the-field’
ALL monies raised by Cáirde Mhaigheo, the new Mayo GAA Supporters’ Club, will be going directly to the county’s football and hurling teams, and not to the repayment of the McHale Park redevelopment debt.
Speaking exclusively to The Mayo News, Mike Connelly, Vice Chairman of the Mayo GAA Board, and a founding member of Cáirde Mhuigheo, confirmed that all funds raised by the new umbrella group would go to ‘on-the-field’ activities in 2012.
“The money for the McHale Park repayments is coming from other revenue streams,” explained Connelly.
“Maybe we’re not making our message clear enough, but I can say, categorically, that the fund-raising we are doing under the umbrella of Cáirde Mhaigheo will be all going towards the development of our teams, towards what happens out on the field.
“We spend €500,000 plus on all our teams and we’ll have to raise other monies as well that will have to go towards meeting that figure.
“Cáirde Mhaigheo is part of our revenue stream this year. We also have the County Board Development Draw, plus club levies, gate receipts, and our participation in the National League and the championship.
“The balance sheet is there for anybody to see and everybody’s local club got a copy of that balance sheet at the County Convention.”
Connelly was speaking in the wake of comments made last week on the popular Mayo GAA blog, mayogaablog.com, where a number of contributors raised concerns about where subscriptions for Cáirde Mhuigheo’s new €200 season ticket were being invested.
“Some people still seem to be disappointed with aspects of the development but the people that started off that project were people who were working in a voluntary capacity for Mayo GAA,” said Mike Connelly.
“If they didn’t take on the project at that time we wouldn’t have been able to host big games like Connacht Finals at McHale Park. Everybody knows our dilemma in relation to McHale Park but that’s not going to jeopardise what happens on the field.
“We’re still going to invest the same amount of money in all our teams, from Development Squads right up along to minor, U-21, junior and senior. So whatever monies are required there will be readily available,” he concluded.