A 24% reduction in costs associated with the County's football teams was highlighted by Chairman Joe Flynn in his first address to last Sunday's Leitrim GAA County Board Convention in The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon as Joe stressed that the County must remain vigilant in keeping costs down in the present economic climate.
After Treasurer John Mulvey revealed that the Senior Board had a surplus of €79,248 for the year and an overall surplus of €69,981 for the entire County Board, Joe said " I am glad to relay to convention today that by prudent financial management of our affairs we have reversed this expenditure by a massive 24% without reducing services. Our players and team management deserve great credit for the manner which they accepted that all areas of expenditure had to be curtailed in a difficult economic climate."
However, Joe said the Board would have to remain vigilant in keeping costs under control - "The increased commitment to the welfare of our players resulted in a greater financial expenditure in preparing our teams. This expenditure is by far the greatest drain on our limited finances.
"Gate receipts and the loss of the weaker county grants from Croke Park all reduced our potential income yet we increased our overall surplus during the year which allows for developments in capital areas.
"The present national financial crisis will again prove most challenging for our board. Should there be a drop in income it must be matched by a corresponding drop in expenditure," warned the County Board Chairman.
2010 was over-shadowed by the death of Philly McGuinness and Joe started his address by remembering the Mohill and Leitrim star - "The past year will always be remembered for the wrong reasons when tragedy hit the county on April 19 with the news of the death of Mohill's and Leitrim's exceptional player Philly McGuinness.
"The national spotlight was on our county as we prepared for the removal and funeral of Philly.e support at both national and local level to his club, county and family was overwhelming and greatly appreciated. The sorrow that abounded was palpable that such a fine young athlete both as hurler and footballer could be taken from us so quickly.
"Philly had made a huge impact in his short time on earth in both life and death. This unprecedented sad and tragic event harnessed the entire GAA world in sorrow."
As for his own first year in the job, Joe said "Year one has been a learning process and hopefully we together can advance the ideals of the GAA further for the coming year for the betterment of our county."
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