Limerick GAA battling back from financial woes

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick GAA treasurer Donal Morrissey pictured in the Gaelic Grounds with Commercial Manager, John Loftus and Mike O'Riordan, Secetary of the County Board
LIMERICK GAA treasurer Donal Morrissey has praised all who have “put the shoulder to the wheel” to help alleviate the county’s debt of €750,000.

LIMERICK GAA treasurer Donal Morrissey has praised all who have “put the shoulder to the wheel” to help alleviate the county’s debt of €750,000.

Last April the new County Board treasurer shocked many when he revealed the level of the financial troubles facing Limerick GAA.

However, the last three months have seen Limerick GAA battle back impressively.

Last Thursday night, over 500 people attended the latest fund-raising venture in the Limerick Racecourse.

That initiative was organised by the newly established Club Limerick.

“Club Limerick is the group that we eventually want to incorporate all voluntary fund-raising under,” said Morrissey.

“We want Club Limerick to be the focus for all supporters for hurling, football, ladies football, camogie and handball - no matter where they are in the world, we want people to be able to identify with Club Limerick,” explained Morrissey.

Former TD John Cregan is the chairman of Club Limerick - which is effectively a re-branded supporters club.

“We had Lifting Limerick and we appointed a Commercial Manager and the final piece was Club Limerick. I would have to say that John Cregan and his committee did a brilliant job last week and the night exceeded all estimations,” said the Limerick GAA treasurer.

Since the April County Board revelations of the financial woes, Morrissey has led the fightback.

“Lifting Limerick had a very successful golf classic,” recalled Morrissey.

“We appointed a Commercial Manager and in fairness to John Loftus, he has done brilliant. We now have 20 signs in the Gaelic Grounds and hope to have another 10 before the county finals,” he outlined.

“I would have to say that a lot of the work was done before we won two cups and that makes it all the more impressive. We had 40 tables sold for the Limerick Racecourse event before we won the Munster final and obviously there was no problem selling the remainder,” said Morrissey.

Overall the GAA treasurer reports that the finances are ahead of schedule.

“We are exceeding any budgets that we had set at the start of the year. At the end of the year we have will the financial situation under control or at least know how we are approaching it.”

He added: “The next big event will be a night at the Greyhound Stadium - that will be in November or thereabouts and we hope to make it just as much as success as last weeks in the racecourse.”

The treasurer has appealed for support for those who have rallied to the Limerick GAA cause.

“I think Limerick GAA can be seen as a good project for sponsors and businesses. As a sponsor there is enormous support there from GAA supporters. I think there is a loyalty there from supporters to support our advertisers.”