Vodafone and Dubs confirm sponsorship talks

MOBILE phone giants Vodafone last night confirmed that they are in sponsorship negotiations with Dublin GAA chiefs.

However both parties insisted that a €6 million six-year deal had not been inked, contrary to media reports.

In a statement issued last night, Vodafone Ireland confirmed “that it is in negotiations with the Dublin County Board in relationship to the sponsorship proposal”.

“The company will not make any comment on those negotiations while they are ongoing, but it is expected the Dublin County Board will make a statement next week at the completion of their process.”

Dublin County Board chairman Gerry Harrington was also remaining tightlipped when contacted last night about a possible successor to Arnotts for Metropolitan teams.

The Cemex official said: “Dublin County Board have no signed agreement with any individual or company. As of now, negotiations are continuing with all parties.”

Meanwhile Kildare GAA treasurer, Con Ronan, will tonight announce a surplus for the year of €727,417, a remarkable turnaround from this time last year, when the profit was a meagre €22,362. Expenses are up on 2008, standing at €1,512,555 but the total income has rocketed to €2,239,972 in 2009, from €1,457,657.

That leaves Kildare with an accumulated fund of €1,243,843. The massive increase can be attributed exclusively to a capital grant of €750,000 received from Central Council.

The impact of the downturn is evident in the reduction of commercial income by more than €70,000, with the Kildare Supporters Club only generating €85,000, as against €150,000 in 2008.

As usual, the biggest expenditure comes from running teams, standing at €659,309 in comparison to last year’s €611,548. Administration expenses are at €292,654, up more than €50,000 on the figure for 2008.

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