Tipp count cost of silver-lined season
SPENDING on Tipperary's inter-county teams has hit an all-time high, at over €1.2m this year.
Figures revealed at last night's Premier County annual convention, held in Thurles, revealed the price of success following a memorable 2010 season.
Tipperary finished the year as All-Ireland senior and U-21 hurling champions, while a first Munster U-21 football championship success was also secured.
Spending on Tipperary inter-county teams has topped the €1m mark for a third successive year, coming in at €1,233,392 in 2010.
This total, following a year when Tipp won a first All-Ireland SHC title since 2001, is €150,000 higher than 2009.
But Tipperary officials believe that it's money well spent and they could point to a glittering array of silverware on parade at the Dome in Semple Stadium at last night's annual think-in.
The rise in expenditure is also offset by an increase in monies collected from fundraising activities, up by over €100,000 this year, from €125,055 in 2009 to €226,827 in the last 12 months.
Accountant Gerry Spain told delegates: "Our overall position shows a deficit of €126,000 for the year, compared to almost €60,000 in the previous year. When one looks at the figure of €1.233m on team administration expenses, it's mind-boggling.
"While the county has had tremendous success and won the all-Ireland, one would have to look at the expenses headings and see where savings can be made, in view of the drop in gate receipts.
"It's been a tremendous year for the county but finances show a slight deficit, and looking briefly at divisional boards, they all made deficits in the year."
Elsewhere, efforts to establish a new Limerick hurling board will have to wait until the New Year, as the county's extended convention has had to be postponed again because of the weather.
Limerick's convention was initially postponed because of bad weather and when it finally took place last week it had to be reconvened because it still hadn't reached any of the eight motions on its agenda before midnight.
It was due to be reconvened again tonight, but the weather has intervened once more and it will not now take place until early in January. When it does reconvene, the first motion on the agenda, from the Murroe Boher club, is one suggesting the establishment of a new, separate hurling board. This is a particularly hot topic locally given the controversy surrounding the county's senior hurlers last year and how it was handled.
Elsewhere, Michael Ennis is the latest loss to Westmeath manager Pat Flanagan for this year's National Football League.
Ennis captained the Lake County last year but now needs shoulder surgery which will keep him out of the entire NFL campaign.