The cost of running the county teams
continues to rise

County Board Chairman Brendan Gilmore congratulates fellow Rathcline clubman Albert Cooney (right) on his election as the new County Board Treasurer at the Longford GAA Convention in Aras Ui Bhriain, Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Thursday night last. Photo: Declan Gilmore Photography
The financial statements presented at the Longford GAA Convention in Aras Ui Bhriain, Glennon Brothers on Thursday night last, showed an operating deficit of €10,319, and the total expenditure figure for 2014 yet again exceeded the million mark - registering at €1,219,970 (as compared to €1,201,764 in 2013).

The financial statements presented at the Longford GAA Convention in Aras Ui Bhriain, Glennon Brothers on Thursday night last, showed an operating deficit of €10,319, and the total expenditure figure for 2014 yet again exceeded the million mark - registering at €1,219,970 (as compared to €1,201,764 in 2013).

The cost of running the county teams (senior, U-21 and minor football and senior hurling) continues to rise, particularly the players travel & team expenses category which amounted to €271,072 in 2014 which has increased almost €120,000 on the figure of €154,916 two years ago. For the record the 2013 bill was €214,827 and it is very clear that a lot of that money is being spent on teams administration, both football and hurling.

In summing up, the total cost of the various county teams expenses for 2014 came in around the €460,000 mark, compared to the 2013 figure of around €408,000, and a very substantial jump up from the estimated €282,000 that appeared on the expenditure side of the Longford GAA accounts in 2012 - around €180,000 of an increase to be precise.

The breakdown for the vast amount of money spent on the county teams in 2014 is as follows:

Players Travel & Team

Expenses - €271,072 (as compared to €214,827 in 2013)

Catering - €82,949 (as compared to €61,639 in 2013)

Medical & Physiotherapy - €42,979 (as compared to €59,349 in 2013)

Gym & Pitch Hire - €45,005 (as compared to €44,356 in 2013)

Sportsgear & Equipment - €20,061 (as compared to €27,896 in 2013)

The income generated during the past year amounted to over a million, a healthy €1,209,651 to be exact (down around €22,000 on last year’s figure of €1,231,641), and the hard work being done by a number of dedicated people behind the scenes must be admired in their efforts to generate a lot of the major money that is required to keep Longford GAA finances in a sound state.

The gate receipts from the 2014 county championships registered a total of €181,750, up around €16,000 on last year’s figure of €165,618.

So it is pleasing to note that there is still a lot of interest in Longford club football with the finances boosted considerably by the biggest attendance at the senior final (Killoe v Mullinalaghta) in recent years.

Longford’s share from the National League Pool in 2014 was €49,187, a substantial increase on last year’s figure of €30,286.

The so popular Race Day at Punchestown continues to be a great success and the major fundraiser for Longford GAA yielded a profit of €53,045 this year, as compared to €50,902 in 2013. A marvellous social occasion that is the envy of the other counties in the country and long may it continue.