"They're taking out of our pockets ... so, I would ask them to stay away"

March 13, 2018

New York and Sligo players battle for possession during their side's Connacht SFC preliminary round clash at Gaelic Park.
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New York GAA president Laurence McGrath has pleaded with County Boards and the GPA to stop fundraising in the Big Apple "for two to three years".

The cash-strapped Exiles plan to undertake an ambitious redevelopment project at Gaelic Park and McGrath is hoping they can do so without incurring any debt. As they embark on their own fundraising ventures, he wants others seeking funds to stay away for a while:

"Yeah, it is tricky, and you don't like anyone standing on anybody's shoes. They have to respect the New York board, and the New York people," the Donegal man told Off The Ball.

 "They're taking out of our pockets, especially now that we have to go and fundraise for ourselves. We are going to get this built, and we don't want to have a debt or anything whenever we are finished here. So, I would ask them to stay away for two to three years."

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