Brady backs Mayo Foundation's...
Football

Brady backs Mayo Foundation's future role as existence looks uncertain

Jake O'Donnell
Jake O'Donnell

10:48 26 Feb 2020

Former Mayo midfielder David Brady believes the Mayo International Supporters Foundation – which has become embroiled in controversy after its founder called for the departure of James Horan – still has a role to play for the county. 

The foundation's future looks increasingly precarious after the Mayo County Board announced on Monday that they were ceasing "all dialogue" with its founder Tim O'Leary following a Twitter outburst against Horan.

Mayo GAA's statement did not clarify whether they would continue to take donations from the foundation in the future.

However, the foundation's continued existence looks uncertain after its website was taken offline on Tuesday night following the latest controversy.

O'Leary had previously threatened to sue the county board over the winter due to concerns he had over the spending of a $150,000 donation made through the foundation. The months-long dispute finally ended after the county board apologised and promised governance reforms.

Joining Tuesday's Off The Ball, Brady empathised with O'Leary who knew "he made a mistake" by tweeting for Horan's sacking and raised the possibility of the foundation rebuilding a relationship with Mayo GAA in the future.

"I would say he made a mistake, he knows it himself, so he does. I think the bigger picture, let's not get away, Mayo football is not about one man, one person, whether that's one player, one manager, one benefactor, or one team. It's about the bigger picture.

"I do say the International Supporters Foundation, no matter what, still has a role to play. Look it, they are not bad people. They are good and their heart's in the right place."

Time, Brady said, can be a great healer and it is something that could repair the fractured relationship between O'Leary, his foundation and the county board.

"We have all made mistakes, Tim has put his hands up and he's admitted it, and the county board have said, 'right, this is the reality of it'.

"But look, time is a great healer as well and the most common denominator for a Mayo person – a Mayo supporter in any way shape or form – is not what they have in their pocket but what is in their heart and what they can give to Mayo football, and there is a lot of them out there."

"I think there could be a time and a place where the foundation, which might or mightn't include Tim, has a role going forward."

You can read the full history of the Tim O'Leary-Mayo GAA saga here.

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Liam Moffatt Mayo GAA Mayo International Supporters Foundation Tim O'Leary

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

OTB

OTB

Up next

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-09:30 AM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

09:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

Richie’s Isolation Mix

Richie’s Isolation Mix

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

05:00 PM-06:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

LIVE: Monday Night Rugby

08:00 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Leaders Questions with Stuart Lancaster

Repeat: Leaders Questions with Stuart Lancaster

10:00 PM-11:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

11:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on