Belfast Telegraph

County board meets to discuss missing £100k at GAA club

By Declan Bogue

The GAA's Antrim County Board met for its monthly Executive meeting last night, where the missing funds of the Ruairi Óg Cushendall club was discussed as part of the agenda.

Cushendall chairman Brian Kearney and other representatives have admitted that the club has lost funds, reportedly upwards of £100,000. Club members have met and discussed the issue already. No complaints have been made to the police, although claims have been made and the community is said to be divided.

Mr Kearney previously said that club members have "unanimously endorsed the executive committee to continue to carry out a full investigation into reports of financial impropriety at the club".

He added: "These allegations, which came to light recently, are naturally upsetting for our club and our members, however, we must ensure that we have the full facts before we take any necessary and decisive action.

"Our priority must be to ensure that funds raised through and for our club are properly managed through the correct procedures and safeguards.

"While these allegations have been difficult for the club and our supporters to hear, they will in no way impact on our players and the wonderful game of hurling in Cushendall. I want to thank our members and supporters for their understanding at this time and assure everyone that the club remains on a strong financial footing."

County board chairman Collie Donnelly said: "We are conscious that we are communicating with the club and we will be there to assist and offer any advice that we can obtain from Central Council.

"We are not looking for big answers. We are conscious that a club has a big, big problem and they are dealing with it in the right way as best they can. Hopefully it will be fixed and the club can move on."

Cushendall this year reached the All-Ireland club hurling final.

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