The war of words between Galway GAA and their main sponsors Supermacs has continued today following the surprise statement by the fast food chain.
On Tuesday, Supermacs called for clarification into the county’s spending of the sponsorship money. In a statement, they revealed details of the €1.25 million invested in Galway GAA since becoming their main sponsors five years ago, as well as €340,000 in ancillary sponsorship.
The statement acknowledged that two investigations have taken place into the finances of the county; one conducted by Galway GAA and a second conducted by Mazars, and asked that the findings be released to the public promptly.
In a statement issued directly to Galway Bay FM, Galway GAA said they were “disappointed” in their sponsors and asked to deal directly with the company’s founder, Pat McDonagh.
The statement reads:
“Galway GAA is disappointed with the statement, released by long-serving county sponsor, Supermacs, last night, relating to the sponsorship of our county teams.
“The Galway County Committee acknowledges the long-standing, generous support of Pat McDonagh and Supermacs to Galway GAA, which has been beneficial to both parties.
“Galway GAA are happy to confirm that sponsorship, contributed by Supermacs, went towards the preparation of all our inter-county teams in both codes. For purposes of clarity, the board would like to point out that in excess of €7.4m has been spent by Galway GAA in the preparation of the football and hurling teams, to the highest standards, over the course of the last five seasons, Supermacs Sponsorship has made a valued contribution to this overall cost.
“Our teams have been involved in All-Ireland semi-finals and finals in that period, ensuring long and high-profile campaigns, over the course of the summers in question.
“In addition to team preparation costs, there has also been significant capital expenditure on training facilities.
“Galway GAA has overseen a review of its financial operation in recent months, with the assistance of the GAA at Central Level. We are currently implementing the findings of the 2018 Mazars Report, which highlighted previous governance deficiencies in Galway GAA. This has been overseen by a representative from Croke Park and ensures that the highest standards of financial and accounting practices are now in place. As a consequence, we have appointed a new Finance and Operations Manager, who commenced employment last month.
“In addition to this, an Audit Committee with Galway, Connacht and Croke Park representation is in place to independently monitor corporate governance practices in Galway GAA.
“We look forward to having the opportunity to discuss these matters with Pat McDonagh directly.
“Galway GAA will be making no further comment.”