Saturday 18 November 2017

GPA to probe games' value

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

THE Gaelic Players' Association is preparing to commission research into the economic contribution by inter-county players to the games and the country.

The research is intended to bolster the GPA case for player grants. GPA chief executive Dessie Farrell said: "Obviously we have to go about that business again very shortly.

"It's a difficult time but I'd be confident. We have accepted a savage cut last year.

"I think it would be very unfair if they were to look beyond that again, particularly in comparison with the cuts and reductions in funding to other Associations and athletes.

"I'd be optimistic that we'd keep the scheme alive at the level it was. Hopefully in better days we'll be able to enhance the funding.

"We're having a piece of research commissioned at the minute on the economic value of inter-county players' participation in the Championship games."

Meanwhile, the GAA and former inter-county players have teamed up to raise funds for charity -- on the golf course.

Ex-Meath star Bernard Flynn and current Galway manager Joe Kernan flanked GAA president Christy Cooney at Croke Park yesterday as they announced the 2010 GAA Legends All-Ireland charity golf inter-county championships.

The event, now in its third year, will be played at the La Cala Resort on Spain's Costa del Sol from May 12-15, and the GAA's endorsement, making it an official charity of the Association, is a huge boost for the event.

In the last two years the tournament has raised over €155,000 for charity.

Irish Independent

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