€300,000 spent on Leitrim county teams in 2017

Leitrim GAA spent nearly €300,000 on its county teams this year.

Monday’s convention in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, also heard how the county board recorded a surplus of more than €104,000 in the 2017 financial year.

Treasurer Martin McCartin told the meeting how the county’s finances are in better stead than last year when a surplus of nearly €5,500 was recorded.

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In the financial year that ended on October 31st, €1.25 million in income was recorded, with expenditure €104,000 less.

Gate-receipts rose by €24,000 to nearly €124,000.

The cost of administration of county teams at senior, Under-21 and junior level reduced in 2017 by more than €83,000, but nearly €299,000 was still spent, including €67,730 on players’ kilometre expenses, and more than €70,000 in team management expenses.

With Leitrim’s senior footballers set to embark on New York for their Connacht Championship opener, Mr McCartin says that’ll be a substantial outlay in 2018.

He estimates it’ll cost about €80,000 to €90,000.

Leitrim GAA’s commercial income in 2017 rose by nearly €30,000 this year, to €122,000, with the Bush Hotel in Carrick, whose name appears on county jerseys, donating €15,000.

St Mary’s Kiltoghert proposed a motion that would outlaw continued exclusive TV coverage for any games to any subscription channel after the current deal with Sky Sports expires.

The club wants all GAA TV coverage to be available via to-to-air coverage.

The motion was passed unanimously.

In the election of officers, Stephen O’Flynn, from Mohill, was elected as vice-chairman, while Enda Kiernan, from Cloone, was chosen as an Ard Comhairle delegate.

At last night’s convention, Eoghan Murphy spoke in detail to Leitrim GAA treasurer Martin McCartin about the state of the county board’s finances.