Colm Cooper’s testimonial dinner has got a lot of people talking as the unprecedented fundraiser has upset a lot of the GAA top brass.
During the week, outgoing Director-General of the Association Paraic Duffy left it in no uncertain terms – the GAA were not supporting the event.
“I’m very clear on this, our organisation does not want testimonials.
“It’s the message I have got very clearly over the last few weeks. We are an amateur organisation, we don’t reward our players financially.”
Speaking on Friday night on Off The Ball on Newstalk, Cooper’s former teammate Paul Galvin backed the Gooch in the row.
The former Footballer of the Year also said he was sure that the Dr Crokes man was well able to take the criticism in his stride:
“You have to realise that this Gooch is a tough guy. He’s got a tough mentality and he’s smart as well. He’s able to see the wood from the trees, he’s able to deal with criticism and he’s able to constructively go ‘This is what it is’.
“People from the outside can comment and say what they like, but they don’t really understand what it’s like to put what you put into your career and then to be told you can’t do this kind of thing.”
While Cooper will make money from the October 27 event, it will also raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and Kerry Cancer Support Group.