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Special report Part Two: Tipp top €30m inter-county spending spree

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Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan and team-mates celebrate with the Liam MacCarthy Cup

Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan and team-mates celebrate with the Liam MacCarthy Cup

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Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan and team-mates celebrate with the Liam MacCarthy Cup

When the former Mayo GAA treasurer Kevin O'Toole addressed an in-camera meeting in the midst of the board's stand-off with the International Supporters Foundation at the back end of last year, he outlined many of the financial practices and requirements that the board faced on a day-to-day basis. Chief among them was how to service the inter-county teams, particularly the flagship senior team that has operated at such a high level through the decade but also needs considerable financial support.

That meeting was held prior to the county's convention in December when accounts revealed how Mayo were back among the highest spenders on team preparation and costs, coming in at €1,714,722, slightly below All-Ireland hurling champions Tipperary.

In laying it out to delegates, O'Toole highlighted the cost anomaly between a training session in Mayo and one which is moved down the midlands to Athlone for the convenience of the 12 or so travelling from Dublin.