Big surplus is returned
WITH the bottom line reading €66,848 in the black, the financial discussions were kept to a minimum on Monday night.
Treasurer Aidan Berrill and his auditors from Frank Lynch and Co didn't face one question, other than some congratulatory words from Newtown Blues delegate Donal Brady.
Up from €24,351 in 2012, Mr Berrill explained the surplus increase was down to a 7% increase in income as against a 1% increase in expenditure.
He explained that gate receipts were up 10%, a factor he attributed to the good summer weather and some attractive pairings in the group and latter stages of the championships. Another factor was the move to charge €2 per car entering Darver for underage blitzes, an initiative that raised an additional €5,000.
He revealed that National League takings were down due to a colder spring and less attractive opposition as compared to 2012.
Sponsorship was up thanks largely to a new deal with Morgan Fuels.
On the expenses side, county team expenses were up, but Mr Berrill revealed that the squad were training five times per week as opposed to two or three sessions the previous year, while he also insisted that a strength and conditioning programme was worth the modest outlay for the returns that will be gained in the long run.
It wasn't all good news, however, as Mr Berrill implored clubs to get involved with and come up with fund-raising initiatives.
'This is the fourth year I have stood up here stressing the importance of fund-raising and to say the response has been poor would be an understatement,' he said. 'I would like to commend the players and management of the senior panel for arranging the Race Night at Dundalk Stadium and the Strictly Come Dancing at the Carrickdale Hotel and great credit is due for that.
'But by and large fund-raising is very poor and I will be arranging a meeting with all club chairmen and secretaries in the new year to discuss how we can improve the situation once and for all.'