You’ve probably seen this already but the County Board yesterday issued a statement – here – asking supporters to be aware that some nefarious individuals are attempting to profit from the county’s on-field success by way of fraudulent fundraising activities. County Board PRO Aiden McLoughlin was interviewed about this on RTÉ Radio’s Drivetime programme yesterday evening (link that here – the piece starts at 22 minutes 45 seconds into the programme) and there’s also coverage about it in the papers today – Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner.
The Board are clearly right to highlight this issue – that piece in the Indo states that the scam centres on “Irish criminals in Chicago, Boston and New York” – and hopefully by doing so in this way it’ll put a halt to the gallop of those seeking to hop on the bandwaggon for personal gain. With two teams in next month’s All-Ireland final, it’s obvious that plenty of fundraising needs to be done and it’s in everyone’s interest (well, everyone except the would-be scammers) to ensure that all the money raised for the two teams goes where those donating it expect it to go and not into some fucker’s back pocket. So, as Sgt. Phil Esterhaus used to say on Hill Street Blues all those years ago, let’s be careful out there.