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A timeline of the Mayo GAA saga

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RAISING ISSUES Mr Tim O’Leary, the chairman and founder of the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation, is pictured at the Gala fundraiser in New York last May.
Timeline of the saga


Early 2018
AFTER initial meetings between Mr Tim O’Leary (Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation chairman and founder), and members of the County Board, Mr O’Leary made a personal donation of €150,000 to the Mayo senior team.
Last week’s Foundation statement says that, following this initial donation, Mr O’Leary engaged with the County Board in relation to the concept of setting up the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation.
It goes on to say that Mr O’Leary committed to fundraising and resourcing the set-up of the Foundation privately on the understanding that the County Board would put forward detailed business plans to demonstrate how funding would be used.
‘These business plans never transpired’ according to the Foundation.

August 5, 2018
MR O’Leary met with representatives of Mayo County Board, along with some ex-players, to discuss supporting the Mayo GAA underage Academy. Mr O’Leary agreed to support the Academy and requested that the County Board prepare and deliver a supporting business plan for their proposed initiative. The Foundation says that the plan has not yet arrived

August 23, 2018
MAYO GAA announced plans to develop a Centre of Excellence at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar. The Foundation say they are interested in supporting this initiative.
The Foundation says that, despite numerous requests for a Business Plan, it still has not yet arrived.

April 9, 2019
The Foundation states that donors agreed to support a Gala Ball in New York, being organised by the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation, on the condition that money would only be released to projects which were properly planned and resourced, and most importantly which were strategic in nature to Mayo GAA.
On April 9 last, the Foundation say that they e-mailed a senior officer of Mayo County Board setting out the terms by which the Foundation would fundraise to support Mayo, to which no formal reply was ever received.

July 10, 2019
SINCE this date the Foundation say that phone calls and meetings took place with a view to resolving matters and the Foundation held firm to its position that it could not release funds if the business plans were not forthcoming from the Mayo GAA Board.

September 25, 2019
A MEETING of the Mayo GAA Board in Castlebar hears of the existence of a statement from the Mayo GAA International Supporters Foundation that was circulated via e-mail to all club delegates in Mayo.
Both the County Board chairman, Mike Connelly, and secretary, Dermot Butler, say they did not receive an official copy of the e-mail.
County Board treasurer, Kevin O’Toole, who was sent a copy of the statement by ‘one of the clubs’, says the statement contains ‘a huge amount of misinformation’ and pledges to address it with ‘a line by line reply’ at the next meeting of the Board on Wednesday, October 16.

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