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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Cats disappointed at €50,000 final ‘bonus’

Champions get less than 2pc of GAA’s €3m hurling replay windfall

Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny, lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after victory over Galway in the All-Ireland final

KILKENNY and Galway will get an additional €50,000 each for their involvement in the lucrative All-Ireland hurling final replay.

It is understood, however, that the All-Ireland champions were disappointed with the 'bonus' payment -- they were under the impression it would be closer to €100,000 -- and may have queried the figure with Croke Park.

Kilkenny secretary Ned Quinn insisted that he had not sent a letter on behalf of the county board relating to the amount being set aside, but €50,000 represents less than 2pc of the €3m final gate.

Cumulatively, the extra money given to the two counties amounts to 3.33pc of the estimated gate for the replay.

The money will be paid out on top of the normal finalists' grants payable to counties.

It will be at the discretion of the respective boards to use the money, but both are likely to channel it into the team holiday or training funds operational in their counties.

Galway Hurling Board chairman Joe Byrne said yesterday that they were still awaiting official word on any additional payment.

The GAA pulled in €3m from the replay at the end of September, a significant windfall despite cutting the general price of admission to the Croke Park stands to €50 and offering a number of generous concessions for families.

They were widely praised for the scale of the reduction and the swiftness of the decision.

Other GAA units have given money to competing counties for replays in the past, most recently when Limerick and Tipperary played out three Munster hurling matches in 2007.

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