Relations between Club Kildare, the fund-raising arm of Kildare GAA, and the Kildare Co. Board have been threading on thin ice for some time and last week it came to a head when Club Kildare called an EGM to update its members on where that particular arm of the association saw itself.
Club Kildare Chairman, Pat Mangan, Vice Chairman, Dermot Reilly and Hon. Sec., June Kelly, left no one in any doubt, at the well attended meeting, of their displeasure at the way they have been treated by the board over the past 12 months.
The meeting lasted in excess of two hours and covered all aspects of Club Kildare since it became a sub committee of Kildare Co. Board, following a directive from Croke Park and one that was signed off by officers of Club Kildare and Kildare Management on 5 October 2012.
Both Co. Board Chairman, John McMahon and County Treasurer, Martin Whyte (also treasurer of Club Kildare) were in attendance, both are also members of Club Kildare.
Questions regarding the finances of Club Kildare were raised at the Kildare GAA Annual Convention but as no member of CK was present (Pat Mangan informing the meeting that they did not attend as they were not invited) there were no answers forthcoming but Mr. Mangan wasted little time in showing his displeasure at both the tone and innuendo of the queries, saying they were “coming from the usual sources, and not for the first time.”
There were ‘differences of opinion’ between Mr. Mangan, Mr. Reilly and the chairman and treasurer of the Co. Board on various matters from the approach taken appointing a new manager to replace Kieran McGeeney; on seeking a new sponsor when Tegral withdrew; on the proposed Race Day, testimonial game and dinner; on a fund-raising trip to the US, kit suppliers , amongst many other items.
After two hours of debate, rancour and much steam being let off, both parties were urged to sit down, iron out their differences and work in harmony for the betterment of Kildare GAA.
Comment, page 79.