Proceeds of land sale to be used for centre of excellence
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.