Falling income sees Galway football lose €54,000

A disappointing year on the field for Galway football has been matched off it with the county again recording a financial loss.

Galway Football Committee delegates will tonight hear that a loss of over €54,000 was incurred during the year, even though expenditure fell also by that amount.

Last year the football committee suffered a loss of €46,262, with income of €754,939 being surpassed by expenditure of €801,201.

This year the expenditure has been reduced to €750,363 but income also fell, with €696,027 being raised, leading to the €54,336 loss.

The bulk of the expenditure, €383,011, was spent on the county teams, a reduction from 2012’s €424,481 spend.

Team catering (€56,760) and travel (€134,968) accounted for a large chunk of the cost but both sections were down from the previous year.

A reduction in fundraising and an increase in the cost of maintaining the training centre for county teams in Loughgeorge accounted for the loss in 2013.

Secretary Seamus O’Grady says the highlight of the year was the All-Ireland U21 title, but there was little joy at senior level.

“We took a hammering at the hands of Mayo in the first round of the Connacht championship, regrouped for the qualifiers, struggled to beat both Tipperary and Waterford but improved considerably to beat Armagh, which earned us a round four game against Cork in Croke Park, where the team acquitted themselves very well and gave their best performance of the season.”


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