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All-Ireland Winners Get A Tidy Holiday Fund From The GAA Every Year

All-Ireland Winners Get A Tidy Holiday Fund From The GAA Every Year
By Gavin Cooney Updated

The GAA today published their accounts for 2017, and included in the report is a breakdown of how much Central Council paid to each county board in 2017.

Among the takeaways from the report is the value of the grant the GAA give to each of the All-Ireland champions for an end-of-year holiday, which amounts to €80,000 each.

Cork received the highest amount of funding overall, totalling €2,138,845. The bulk of that income was derived in the form of a capital grant of €1,333,333 to aid the redevelopment of Páirc Ui Chaoimh.

The next highest on the list was Dublin, who received €1,978,055 from the GAA in 2017.

A sizeable chunk of this figure went toward their Games Development figure: the county received €1,298,630 for that purpose. The next highest Games Development grant went to Meath, who were given €267,046.

When asked about the discrepancy in Games Development funding, GAA Finance Director Tom Ryan cited the fact that Dublin's Games Development fee has fallen from last year as proof that the GAA are "scaling and moderating the discrepancies between counties".  Dublin's 2016 Games Development grant was €1,463,400, meaning this year's fee fell by 11.2%.

He also cited large increases for Meath (up from €187,600 to €267,046), Louth (up from €122,700 to €241,457) and Wicklow (up from €167,000 to €231,100) along with the discontinuing of a grant to the All-Ireland winners as proof that the GAA are redressing the balance.

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Dublin were given far more under the heading of Competition Distribution, too. The Dubs earned €213,892, the next closest were Tipperary with €193,535.

This heading includes funds earned during the Allianz Leagues. The GAA take gate receipts from each match, with 20-30% of these receipts pooled and divided 50/50 among the competing teams. Kerry and Galway earned an extra shortfall as prize money for winning the Leagues.

Dublin had the third-highest team expenses, too, dwarfed by only Mayo and Galway.

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The GAA pay mileage expenses for each county team, which have recently increased from 50 cents per mile to 65 cents per mile, along with an added overnight, per capita expense if a county has to travel a certain distance for a game. (Finance Director Ryan estimated this at between 110km and 130km).

Given the fact Mayo played eight games in the All-Ireland series (all but one away from home) along with the National League, they racked up a total of €370, 284. Galway's were €271, 480 while Dublin's came in at €251,854.

The latter two were increased by receiving the GAA's holiday grant by dint of their winning the All-Ireland, with each county awarded €80,000.

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Of the 32 counties in Ireland, Fermanagh received the least amount of total funding (€408,539) followed by Longford (€408,798).

The full breakdown is available on the GAA's website.

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