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Millionaire benefactor to sue Mayo GAA over use of €150,000

Jake O'Donnell
Jake O'Donnell

02:05 14 Dec 2019

The feud between Mayo GAA and millionaire benefactor Tim O'Leary appears to be going legal after a tweet by O'Leary said he would "reluctantly press on" with legal action.

O'Leary, who is the Chairman of the Mayo GAA International Supporters Federation, has been threatening legal action against the Mayo County Board over the spending of a €150,000 donation he made.

O'Leary says the donation was given on the condition it would be used solely to benefit the county's senior football team. He claims that condition was not honoured by the county board.

The Mayo County Board has denied that such a condition existed but that even if such a condition existed, it was satisfied.

In a tweet last night the Bahamas-based businessman said he had "given it much thought and deliberation" but had "reluctantly" decided to begin legal action against the county board.

Earlier this month O'Leary sent a solicitor's letter to the Mayo County Board asking for his donation to be refunded within 21 days or face legal action.

The supporters federation had also offered a figure of at least €1,000,000 to the county board over a five-year period if the board could fulfill nine demands of the organisation.

Off The Ball understands that the GAA had attempted to step in to solve the ongoing impasse between the two parties before any threats of legal action could be followed through.

However, it appears that such attempts have not worked.

You can catch up with all of Off the Ball's coverage of the Mayo GAA saga below. 

Of the behind-closed-doors County Board meeting carried out in MacHale Park in early November, read Eoin Sheahan's dispatch from Castlebar here. You can read details of what went on in that meeting here

Denied a chance to run for the position of Mayo GAA's Public Relations Officer, Michael Gallagher explained to Off the Ball why he believed this was an unjust decision that he was willing to fight. 

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