With the new inter-county campaign around the corner, the GAA are set to resume talks with Government around funding for 2021 competitions soon.
Last year, a state funded package of almost €15m was provided to help complete the 2020 GAA championships during the pandemic. This support system has not yet been put in place for 2021.
Saturday week (8 May) sees the resumption of the season and at a meeting for county board treasurers earlier this week, there was no confirmation of any Government assistance, with no talks having taking place on the subject since the end of March.
It is expected that those talks will soon resume but counties have been warned to expect less funding this season.
In 2020, county operating grants of €80,000 were administered, with a second payment of €50,000 soon after.
This time around, there are likely to be two separate payments of €30,000 to counties, with a further €40,000 forthcoming if Government support is secured.
As per last year, squads of 32 players are catered for in terms of preparation, whilst a maximum of three training sessions per week are approved.
While they await further assistance and developments many county boards have already undertaken their own fundraising drives to help with team preparation costs, infrastructural and redevelopment projects and other schemes.
These schemes have drawn huge support coming from localities and ex-pats all over the world.
Only months ago, Leitrim topped the €100,000 mark with a ’50 miles in January’ venture. Currently, they have a similar target for another fundraiser.
Roscommon officials recently regained control of their financial affairs for the first time since 2017 following a hugely successful period of fundraising by Club Rossie, who brought in over €2m with two separate house draws.
Louth GAA sold over 24,000 €100 tickets for their Double House Draw, raising over €1.2m which will go towards the development of their new €12m stadium.
Offaly made €200,000 from their Grand Canal Walk last month, which they will distribute evenly between county and club affairs.
Meanwhile, some indication on the potential return to training for adult club and inter-county underage teams will soon be forthcoming after a series of meetings between Government and National Public Health Emergency Team members in the coming days.
Possible easing of restrictions have been flagged for 4 May which would bring positive news for those sectors.