Vigorous defence of Supporters Club

A strong defence of the Offaly GAA Supporters Club was given at the February meeting of the Offaly County Board.

A strong defence of the Offaly GAA Supporters Club was given at the February meeting of the Offaly County Board.

The issue was first raised at the January meeting by Tullamore delegate Fergal McKeon.

In response to those questions, County Board Chairman Pat Teehan and Treasurer Andy Gallagher met with Supporters Club Chairman Paul Bell and Treasurer Seamus Dolan.

Following on from that meeting, Mr Teehan said he could categorically assure delegates that financial affairs were in order. He added that the Supporters Club were upset with the rumours that were circulating.

Mr Teehan stated that he had seen statements and transactions and could say that the money was well spent.

He explained that there was no AGM in 2009 as there had been no fundraising carried out. An AGM will take place on March 2 in the Tullamore Court Hotel where full audited accounts will be presented and Mr Teehan encouraged people to get involved.

The Chairman thanked the Supporters Club for their efforts and said the county was indebted to them.

Mr McKeon said he had brought up the issue due to rumours he had heard. He stated that two county players had come up to him accusing him of saying that the Supporters Club were ‘doing things for them’. He added that he wanted to know what development work was being done.

Mr Teehan re-iterated his assurance and said everyone was welcome to attend the AGM.

St Rynagh’s Hurling delegate Paddy Scales who is also principal of Colaiste na Sionna acknowledged the work of the Supporters Club saying that the school had two All Irelands in 2010 and the help of the Club had been crucial for funding.

He also outlined a number of coaching initiatives funded by the Supporter Club and he thanked them accordingly.

County Board Treasurer Andy Gallagher concurred with Chairman Pat Teehan on the assurances he had given.

Ferbane delegate Aidan Keenaghan and Vice Chairman Padraig Boland both outlined the support received by Gallen CS from the Supporters Club while Mr Boland stated that the initiatives rolled out in Gallen CS were likely to be spread out throughout the county.