Monday 18 December 2017

Inter-pros shelved until the new year

Brendan Dempsey
Brendan Dempsey
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The inter-provincial championships in hurling and football will not be re-fixed until the new year after their cancellations due to the storms over the weekend.

The football semi-finals had been set for Newry and Armagh last Saturday evening, while the hurling was scheduled to be played in Galway, but all gave way to the weather.

At such short notice it was decided not to press ahead with re-fixtures this weekend.

Instead the Central Competition Controls Committee will set a new date when they meet on January 12.

Meanwhile, Meath GAA enjoyed a surplus of €239,026 on income of €1,416,984.

However, last night's convention in Navan heard outgoing treasurer Brendan Dempsey's report warn of financial pitfalls ahead, including remedial work on the Pairc Tailteann floodlights which could cost in the region of €125,000.

A problem with the structure of the poles was identified earlier this year, forcing the All-Ireland U-21 final between Tyrone and Tipperary to be switched to Parnell Park.

As a consequence the poles have been taken down and all Meath's home Division 2 league games will have Sunday afternoon throw-ins.

Dempsey also cautioned about a drop in sponsorship revenue after the senior team failed to reach the Leinster final, while he advised that surplus would have to be €222,000 or more in the immediate future to service existing loans.

Gate receipts also dropped, with Dempsey revealing that the county finals generated some 25pc less than last year, something he senses is a national trend.

Irish Independent

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