Munster take €1.6m hit in 34pc gates drop
Munster GAA gate receipts dropped by 34pc in 2016, reducing the province's take at the turnstiles by €1.64m.
Such a heavy hit was down to a number of obvious factors, notably the absence of a football final replay that helped bump up their take to €4.83m in 2015.
But the €3.19m from 2016 reflects the absence of a replay, a Munster football final without Cork and Kerry and a Munster hurling final between Tipperary and Waterford that was played in Limerick's Gaelic Grounds in poor weather conditions and not Semple Stadium in Thurles.
Munster GAA put the drop largely down to "tradition" and are looking at 2017 in a more positive light. These three factors account for 83pc of the drop on 2015 figures. Taking out the replay only and the drop is 24.5pc.
Munster secretary Simon Moroney highlighted "adverse" weather conditions as a reason for significant falls in hurling championship matches. The Kerry/Cork replay in 2015 was worth €609,000 to the province.
Overall attendances at Munster Championship games fell from 320,252 in 2015 to 238,661, a 25pc fall in numbers. Take out the 2015 replay attendance and the drop otherwise is 49,357 or 15pc.
The 21,521 attendance for the Kerry/Tipperary Munster football final compares favourably to other recent finals that haven't had the province's 'big two' involved. When Limerick and Kerry met in 2010, there were 23,864 in Killarney.
Leinster GAA are also expected to reveal sharp falls in gate revenue when their accounts are presented to convention this month, with the Dublin/Laois game in Nowlan Park, the clash of the football semi-final double-bill with the Ireland v France Euro 2016 game and the absence of Kildare and Meath in a Leinster football final all contributing.
Munster enjoyed overall increases in revenues for three successive years but the importance of having the right pairings at the right venues is reflected in a drop from €8.3m to €6.64m.
Munster were still able to pay out €1.87m on games development, much the same figure as last year.