Munster GAA – Where does the money go?

In 2016, the Munster Council had an income of €6,645,000, of which €2,800,000 came from Croke Park, with the remaining €3,845,000 self-generated through gate receipts, match programme sales etc.

The list below sets out expenditure of €5,586,000 on various grants and allocations to counties as well as the normal expenses associated with holding games, printing match programmes and so on. This expenditure accounts for 84% of all income. After all distributions were made, a surplus of €127,000, or 2% of income was recorded.

  • €2,009,000: Games Development: This assists with the promotion and development of the games in the province, including assisting with the employment of 42 full time coaching staff in the province, including 8 coaching staff in Munster’s 3rd level institutions. It also includes payments to the counties in the Hurley and Helmet Subsidy, County Cúl Camp allocations, County Academy grants, Coach Education grants and so on.
  • €990,000: Club Development Grants: This scheme supports the development of facilities in clubs and schools across the province. Last year, 110 clubs benefited from this scheme.
  • €571,000: Matchday Costs: These are the costs associated with holding game, including the cost of policing, stewarding, ticket sales, medical cover, catering etc.
  • €447,000: Rent of stadia: 15% of the gross gate for each games is paid directly to the stadium hosting the game, which assist them with the running costs associated with a county ground, such as insurance, pitch maintenance etc.
  • €316,000: Team Expenses: This is the amount paid to teams competing in games organised by the Munster Council and competing in the Senior All Ireland finals. These payments help to meet the cost of transport, food etc.
  • €219,000: Grants to Kindred Bodies: These are grants paid to those organisations promoting Gaelic Games in primary schools, post primary schools and third level colleges and also assists with the organisation of events such as the Primary Game.
  • €184,000: Central Council Ticket Sales: This is the amount paid to Central Council for ticket sales handled by the Munster Council.
  • €182,000: Player Injury Fund: 6% of the gross gate for each game is paid directly to the GAA Player Injury Fund, which assists in with the treatment cost associated with injuries.
  • €153,000: County Facilities: This is the amount paid to County Boards in capital grants to support the development of county facilities, such as Centres of Excellence and so on.
  • €113,000: Match Day Student/OAP Concessions: This is the amount Students and OAP’s receive back on the cost of their match day ticket, usually €5 or €10 per ticket.
  • €102,000: Match Programme Allocations: Once costs of production are taken out, the remaining amount from Match day income is divided amongst the competing counties.
  • €98,000: Scholarships: Amounts paid to students in 3rd level scholarships and to Post Primary Students attending Gaeltacht Colleges.
  • €95,000: Match Programme Production: This is the cost of producing Match day programmes, including printing, distribution etc.
  • €80,000: Other Grants: Amounts paid to counties through various other grant categories. For example, Clare and Waterford receive €30,000 as a payment in lieu of hosting of major championship games.
  • €28,000: Medals and Trophies: Amount spent on medals for winning teams.

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