Although “not flush” with cash, there’ll be no tightening of the Limerick pursestrings ahead of their All-Ireland final appearance.
Limerick’s team expenses for 2018, on the back of the county’s involvement in the hurling decider and heavy expenditure which comes with progress deep into the season, is expected to run well past the €1m mark.
The cost of preparing Limerick’s flagship teams in 2017 totalled €1,148,631, a 29% jump on the 2016 figure of €890,532, despite the fact that Limerick had only one team — the U21 hurlers — still alive in their respective championship beyond July 1.
As a result of the sharp rise in team expenses, the board recorded an overall deficit of €43,551 for 2017.
On assuming the position of county board treasurer at last December’s Limerick convention, Liam Burke said: “There is little doubt that if expenditure on your inter-county teams goes up by €258k, an increase on the previous year of 29%, we don’t have the capacity within the county to raise the additional funds that are required to offset those costs.
I have been in discussions with management teams. I’d like people to leave convention with the understanding that I’ve left those management teams and representatives under absolutely no illusion whatsoever that the continuing increase in costs cannot be maintained.
However, despite the financial issues, Limerick chairman John Cregan said the board executive, over the past year, have worked hard to put in place “the best possible working environment” for John Kiely and his players and will continue to do so over the next two-and-a-half weeks.
“We are not flush [with money] and there have been legacy issues, but I am quite confident we have made substantial inroads and you will see big improvements at the end of the year,” Cregan told the.
We have been working hard to address the legacy issues, while at the same time giving John Kiely, his backroom team and the panel of players what they need and require to succeed on the field. We have an excellent relationship with John and his group.
The progress of Kiely’s team to a first All-Ireland senior hurling final in 11 years has led to changes in the club fixture schedule.
Cregan knows they would have been in danger of missing their Munster deadlines had they not played two rounds of hurling and football championship during the club-only month of April.
The Limerick SFC final is fixed for October 21, with the SHC decider scheduled for October 27. Cregan said midweek fixtures are likely if dual clubs reach the latter stages in both codes.
The local hurling championships will resume a fortnight after the All-Ireland final.
“There will be pressure on dual clubs and we are cognisant of that. We will work with these clubs.
"Utilising April gave us a headstart, but we must now adhere to the new dates, so all our county champions have the opportunity to continue into Munster.”
Browne has surgery to repair cruciate ligament
Limerick hurler Paul Browne underwent surgery on his ruptured ACL on Tuesday morning, having suffered the season-ending injury at the end of June.
The 28-year-old did not start any of Limerick’s Munster roundrobin fixtures, but was used off the bench in all bar one of those games.
Floated in the door of @SSCSantry for my ACL reconstruction this morning, thanks to my teammates. They have been an incredible source of support over the past few weeks and continued to be incredible again on Sunday. #LuimneachAbú pic.twitter.com/f1dq6k8Awe— Paul Browne (@browney89) July 31, 2018
This is his 10th season with the Limerick hurlers.
The Bruff man tweeted on Tuesday evening: “Floated in the door of @SSCSantry for my ACL reconstruction this morning, thanks to my teammates. They have been an incredible source of support over the past few weeks and continued to be incredible again on Sunday.”