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Friday 18 April 2014

Tipperary to cut costs after €250k loss

TIPPERARY GAA officials will tonight present plans aimed at tackling the county board's financial crisis.

Premier County chiefs reported a loss of almost €250,000 for the 2012 financial year, bringing their losses for the last four years to over €650,000.

Officers have closely examined all areas of income and expenditure and have come up with a series of suggestions to stem the bleed.

They are recommending that senior panels be confined to 30 players, with all other squads carrying a maximum of 26.

County team managers will be told to bring a maximum of 20 players to challenge matches and there will be cut-backs on gear allocation for players, who may be told not to swap jerseys with opponents after matches.

Tipperary's top brass also plan to cut the travel expenses rate to 20 cent per kilometre for players on all panels other than senior.

New fund-raising ideas will be explored, including fashion shows, white-collar boxing and a 'monster auction'.

Hurling team boss Eamon O'Shea will travel to New York with county board representatives in April to follow up on fund-raising possibilities in the Big Apple.

The county board has ruled out the possibility of hosting concerts at Semple Stadium, however, as they report that gigs there are no longer attractive to promoters.

A special meeting will take place tonight to discuss finances.

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