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Cushendall hurling club set to discuss missing cash claims

Cushendall GAA club is investigating claims that funds in excess of £100,000 have gone missing
Brendan Hughes

A high-profile GAA club is set to hold a meeting of its members today following shock claims that funds in excess of £100,000 have gone missing.

Cushendall hurling club has been investigating and its accountant asked to examine its finances following allegations that could stretch back years.

Members are expected to meet later today to discuss the findings of the probe.

A PSNI spokeswoman said it has not received any complaints in relation to the claims.

Last week Martin Magee, secretary of the Co Antrim club, told The Irish News that an investigation by its executive was ongoing.

He declined to confirm or deny that it centres on allegations that club funds, thought to run to six figures, have disappeared.

"I can't really discuss anything at the moment but we need to bring things up with our members," he said.

"Things have been brought to our attention and they are being investigated."

He added that "hopefully everything will be announced" at the members' meeting scheduled for today.

The probe emerged just weeks after the club was on a high as its senior hurlers travelled to Croke Park for their first ever All-Ireland club championship final.

Cushendall was swamped in maroon and white as the community came together to support the team.

Hollywood star Liam Neeson also provided a rallying video message as part of a fundraising drive that involved fans around the world filming themselves striking a sliotar.

The Ruairí Óg club was defeated by Limerick side Na Piarsaigh on St Patrick's Day.


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