Mayo team hotel like ‘a building site’

The uncle of Mayo footballer Alan Dillon claimed his county board put the team in a hotel resembling “a building site” for their holiday to Miami in January.

Ballintubber delegate Ollie Dillon told a Mayo County Board meeting last week that he had heard the trip for the players, a reward for reaching last year’s All-Ireland final, took 24 hours and the party were arriving in “dribs and drabs”. He also queried if there was an issue with the pocket money players were due to receive.

“County players are our assets and if this is how we treat them, it’s not good,” he said.

County PRO Aiden McLoughlin acknowledged there had been difficulties but stated that the trip was extremely well organised by former secretary Kevin O’Toole and his wife Kathleen.

McLoughlin said a “small number of rooms were still under construction” and some players had to move rooms.

Due to the players attending two weddings of team-mates, the group were not able to travel until after the New Year, and to get everyone on one plane would have required a chartered flight. “The coffers are not that deep,” said McLoughlin.

County chairman Paddy McNicholas said of the players’ money: “They didn’t get it until late because if they got it at Christmas, they might have it spent.”

McLoughlin also stated any players he had spoken to had said it was one of the best organised holidays they had been on.

Meanwhile the board also confirmed Revenue Commissioners will audit their accounts this month. Treasurer JJ Lambe said: “We knew they were coming so they have arrived.”

The role of Mayo GAA board administrator has been filled by Claremorris’s Michael Commons while Neil Douglas from Castlebar will become the assistant administrator and they will be charged with working on a master list of club details.


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