Wednesday 23 May 2018

Barry to join Meath board in coaching officer role Kildare warn over costs

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Eamonn Barry will take his place on the executive committee of the Meath County Board after his appointment as coaching officer at the weekend convention.

Barry will sit down with some officers who were behind a move to have him removed as Meath manager just a few weeks into his term in late 2005 -- when he refused to back down on his intention to include two members of his back-room team that the board executive wouldn't approve.

A move by the executive to remove him over the issue was lifted when Barry agreed to a number of additional terms and conditions.

More recently, Barry was critical of the appointment of Seamus McEnaney as Meath manager and spoke at the meeting at which McEnaney was appointed. He takes over the coaching officer role from Brian Carberry, who has had to step down because of the five-year rule.

A well-qualified coach, Barry spent just one year in charge of Meath but his term wasn't renewed and he was replaced by Colm Coyle.

Barry has had a fractious relationship with some high-ranking officials: he challenged Sean Boylan on three different occasions for the role of manager prior to Boylan's departure in 2005.

Kildare warn over costs

Kildare have warned of the need to cut costs in 2011 after running a deficit of €143,295 this year. The operating deficit was €103,295 but when club grants of €40,000 are factored in, it rises substantially. Expenditure came in at €1.78m, up from €1.51m in 2009, with by far the largest spend on team expenses, which was €741,860.

Kildare reached an All-Ireland semi-final, which they lost to Down, and remained in the championship for four weeks longer than they did in 2009. But expenses rose some €82,000 on the 2009 figure.

The catering fees were down for Kildare's inter-county teams by close to €31,500 but medical expenses shot up considerably from €122,450 to €213,194.

Travel expenses for players also increased by more than €40,000 from €105,659 to €145,984. Another significant rise occurred in financial expenses, which were up to €66,376 from €28,481 in 2009. Depreciation was also audited at some €40,000 higher.

"We will be left with no alternative in 2011, only to increase revenue and cut costs, however painful this may be," said secretary Kathleen O'Neill.

On the plus side, gate receipts showed a significant rise from €182,208 in 2009 to €256,962 in 2010, a rise of more than €74,000. Commercial income showed a slight rise as did 'income from associated bodies' that covers administrative and Central Council grants.

Irish Independent

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