Saturday 17 August 2019

Meath boosted by new sponsorship deal

The deal came as Meath unveiled plans to revamp Pairc Tailteann in Navan. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
The deal came as Meath unveiled plans to revamp Pairc Tailteann in Navan. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Meath will have a new sponsor for the next three years after it was announced at last night's convention that Devenish Nutrition will replace Tayto Park, which had been in place since 2013.

The Belfast-based company has a worldwide footprint in livestock and leisure animal nutrition.

The deal came as Meath unveiled plans to revamp Pairc Tailteann in Navan.

A committee involving former GAA director-general Liam Mulvihill and former Fianna Fail Government Minister Noel Dempsey have been advancing plans to Leinster GAA and Croke Park to redevelop the venue which incorporates replacing the stand.

Pairc Tailteann is of strategic importance to Leinster GAA given its location in the north of the province. Only last year Leinster GAA chairman John Horan floated the idea of a 25,000-seater M50 stadium for the province's needs.

Pairc Tailteann's floodlights had to be taken down last year because of safety concerns and have yet to be put back up.

Meath's finances took a dip, with the operating surplus dropping from €239,026 in 2015 to €111,678 this year.

Inter-county team expenses rose by €83,578 to €499,855 while commercial revenue dropped by €60,000. But gate receipts rose sharply, up by €70,000 on 2016.

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Meanwhile, Roscommon secretary Brian Carroll has shed further light on the controversy over the late switching of the Roscommon/Dublin Allianz Division 1 game to Carrick-on-Shannon because of an unplayable Dr Hyde Park.

He admitted it was a "difficult decision to get right" and that it was "a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't".

"We tried at all times to make sure that our senior team played their home games on their home turf, which is where we all want to see Roscommon playing. Hopefully, with our new pitch available in early 2017 we won't have a situation like what occurred in 2016 happening again."

Carroll makes only fleeting reference to the divisive split between 2016 joint-managers Kevin McStay and Fergie O'Donnell.

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