Sunday 23 July 2017

Boylan to take charge of Leinster for Inter-pro series

Sean Boylan
Sean Boylan

Donnchadh Boyle and Colm Keys

MEATH legend Sean Boylan and former Offaly manager Joe Dooley will take charge of the Leinster football and hurling teams for February's Inter-provincial series.

Former Wexford and Leinster manager John Conran will serve as one of Dooley's selectors along with retired Kilkenny hurler and six time All-Ireland winner Derek Lyng.

Boylan, whose selectors have yet to be confirmed, recently accepted a role as the Royal County's director of football and he will take charge of Leinster in their clash with Munster at Parnell Park, while Dooley's men will also face Munster at Nowlan Park.

The semi-finals in both football and hurling are down for decision on the weekend of February 18, with the hurling decider to be played the following weekend and the football final to be played on the first weekend of March.

Those dates will see the hurling final staged on the same weekend as the Fitzgibbon Cup, with the football final to be played on the Sigerson Cup weekend.

Long-time supporter of the series Martin Donnelly is also understood to be on board for another season.

Meanwhile, the management costs for the Meath senior football team amounted to €82,000 in 2011, a county board meeting has been told. This was some €17,000 less than the projected figure of €99,000 that the board estimated 12 months ago.

Meath took the unusual step last November -- on the night that Seamus McEnaney and his back-room team were ratified -- of putting the breakdown of what they were paying in expenses to the various contributors, including former coach Paul Grimley, strength and conditioning coach Martin McElkennon and a physio who was coming from Monaghan.

But with Meath exiting in the middle of July in the qualifiers to Kildare, savings on that figure were announced by treasurer Pat Clerkin.

Clerkin also outlined drops in the cost of medical and physiotherapy fees for the team of close to €20,000 and a €5,000 drop in gym and use of premises fees.

Some felt at the time that the figure of €99,000 for the management team of McEnaney and his assistants was too high. However, Clerkin was pleased to announce that such expenses had been kept down.

Most county boards choose not to isolate the figure relating to management costs, preferring instead to include them with general travelling and subsistence expenses. However, Meath took a different path for transparency reasons last season to smooth the appointment of their first 'outside' manager.

Meath's finances are in a healthy state, with a surplus of around €55,000 of income over expenditure.

They have also been boosted with news that Comer Group and Martin Donnelly are to continue as sponsors in 2012 of the football and hurling teams. There had been some doubt as to whether Comer Group would continue, but this has now been confirmed.

Money is to be invested in upgrading facilities at Pairc Tailteann to restore the capacity to something in the region of 18,000. This follows a dramatic drop to 10,000 as recommended in the Slattery Report.

Irish Independent

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