Gate receipts down E26,000 on previous year

The financial report to be presented to the South Board convention on Sunday shows gate receipts down €26,000 on last year.

The financial report to be presented to the South Board convention on Sunday shows gate receipts down €26,000 on last year.

In his report to the convention Secretary Noel Byrne said that , however, in the present climate with the Board giving some concessions during the year it performed reasonably well.The convention will beheld at Monroe at the  Moyle Rovers club at 6.30 on Sunday.

The secretary said it was right to observe the current climate in the rates charged as they competed against live television and the increase in the number of high profile inter county games that the public wanted to attend and the cost factor associated with them.

“Sunday afternoon was the traditional day for club games and good attendances and the competition from the extra inter county games has undoubtedly stretched the purse strings of many. However gate receipts are still in a healthy situation proving the point that public support still remains strong and match attendances are holding up in most cases. We owe a debt of gratitude to our treasurer, assistant treasurer and to the gate checkers in the division for their management of this side of our affairs and I want to personally thank them for all their support during the year,” he said.

The Board Secretary said the sponsorship of the championships and awards over the past year was a major help to the finances of the South Board and the benefits that have accrued have been most helpful to the promotion of the games.

“My only disappointment is that our senior hurling championship has had no sponsor for the past two years. I want to also put on record my sincere thanks to all our sponsors for their support over the last year,” said the secretary.