The County Tipperary GAA Board has launched a special Telethon event which will take place on Saturday next with the view to raising in excess of €100,000 to help offset the huge costs associated with the success of the Premier County teams so far this season.
With the senior footballers have a very extended run in the All-Ireland series; the minors retaining their Munster crown before bowing out at quarter final stage; the minor, intermediate and senior hurlers having won provincial honours; and the U-21’s in action tonight (Wednesday), the Boards coffers have been under severe pressure - pressures which has been intensified further still by the rolling over of 220,000 Euro of a shortfall from 2011.
At the height of the season, with all of the Tipperary teams in training together, costs were tipping 25,000 Euro per week - almost 100,000 Euro per month. And, those costs had to be met along with servicing the debt from 2011.
The Board officers had worked very hard early in the year to seek ways of cutting costs and had successfully worked with the players and all stratas of the organisation in a bid to ensure that expenditures could be contained and budgets met. The planned cuts had to be implimented by new Board Chairman Sean Nugent in his first few weeks in office, and he was well aware of the nettle which had to be grasped. See this weeks Tipperary Star for full details.