Pro­ceeds of land sale to be used for cen­tre of ex­cel­lence

Bray People - - SPORT -

WICK­LOW BOARD has signed off on the sale of a piece of land at the GAA grounds in Bray to Cos­grave de­vel­op­ers for €1.9 mil­lion.

At a County Board meet­ing last week, it was mooted that some of this money should be used to pay off the €184,000 debt of the board on which in­ter­est was ac­cru­ing.

But County Chair­man Mick Ha­gan ex­plained that the money from the sale of the land was al­ways go­ing to be used for the com­ple­tion of the cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for train­ing all county teams at Bal­li­nakill out­side Rath­drum.

Prof­its from the county draw which will be held in May will be ear­marked to clear the debt as well as fund the run­ning of the county and its teams.

This year ev­ery club has to sell a min­i­mum of 65 tick­ets for the draw, priced at €60 each, to meet their fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tion to the County Board or other­wise they will be levied for the out­stand­ing amount up to €4,000.

Should a club sell more than 65 tick­ets; all monies above the €4000 will go to club them­selves.

For in­stance should a club sell 100 tick­ets, the three ways split will be €2,000 each to the club and County Board with the re­main­ing €2,000 cov­er­ing the cost of prizes in the draw.

Ned Ros­siter high­lighted the dif­fi­culty they in Coolkenno, an area with a pop­u­la­tion of 400 peo­ple, would have sell­ing 65 or 100 tick­ets com­pared with places like Bray and Wick­low town.

He said that for the last 30 years they had run their own fundrais­ing draw and he ques­tioned why they should be levied by the County Board.

County chair­man Mick OHa­gan stressed the new for­mat for the county draw had been passed and was now cov­ered by rule.

Martin Fitzger­ald from An­nacurra felt that tick­ets should be al­lo­cated to clubs on the ba­sis of their pop­u­la­tion rather one fig­ure fit­ting all.

Oth­ers speak­ers ques­tioned the neg­a­tiv­ity of con­tri­bu­tions and stressed that clubs would not have to sell more than 65 tick­ets if they did not want to do so or did not want to earn money for them­selves.

Ea­monn Doyle from New­town won­dered how they had got into such debt in the first place while an­other del­e­gate wor­ried if they would be landed with a fur­ther €190,000 of debt next year.

County Chair­man Mick Ha­gan said that the money from the sale of land in Bray would be used for the de­vel­op­ment of the fa­cil­i­ties at Bal­li­nakill and the money from the county draw and golf clas­sic would go to­wards clear­ing the debt.

County sec­re­tary Mick Mur­phy re­sponded that al­ready this year there had been cut-backs on county teams, Se­nior and U-21, hurl­ing and foot­ball.

Jackie Napier chipped in that re­cently the Se­nior hurl­ing team were train­ing in the spills of rain but they had not been pro­vided with wet gear.

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