Supermac’s have called for the Galway County Board to show how it has spent sponsorship money.
The fast-food chain has been the sponsor of Galway GAA since 1991, one of the longest-running sponsorship deals in the GAA. They have pumped over €1.5m into Galway Gaelic games over the last five years.
On Tuesday evening, Supermac’s stated that it would like clarification as to how the money was spent. They have called on the Galway County Board to show that the funding has been spent on those whom the money was meant to benefit the most – i.e. the players and management.
The statement reads:
Following questions by the general public and delegates in relation to the Supermac’s sponsorship of Galway GAA, Supermac’s would like to detail that the amount of sponsorship given by Supermac’s to Galway GAA for the sponsored teams over the past 5 years to date is over €1.25m in direct payments plus over €340,000 in ancillary sponsorship. This is broken down as follows:
- 2015 €200,000
- 2016 €229,000
- 2017 €258,300
- 2018 €322,798
- 2019* €248,158
- Total Direct €1,258,256
- Ancillary** €341,170
- Total €1,599,426
*year to date
**Ancillary sponsorship includes facilitating fundraising events, schools and club’s sponsorship
Supermac’s would like to seek clarification from the Galway County Board as to how this money was spent. Specifically, have the players and management benefitted or has the county board benefitted? Supermac’s raised financial concerns with the Galway County Board 4 years ago.
Supermac’s understands that 2 investigations have taken place into the finances of Galway GAA; One conducted by Galway GAA and a second conducted by Mazars. Supermac’s is calling for these investigations to be made public immediately. The vast majority of the Galway GAA public and mentors, who give their time voluntarily for the promotion and administration of our games and the welfare of our players, deserve no less.