The cost of running county teams revealed

February 07, 2018

The Air Corps, including Capt Sean McCarthy, Cmdt Frank Byrne and Capt Enda Walsh, fly over Croke Park before the All-Ireland SFC final clash between Dublin and Mayo.
©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Over €25m was spent by County Boards preparing inter-county teams in 2017.

A detailed analysis carried out by the Irish Independent reveals the record-breaking figure and Cork top the list of big spenders with almost €1.75m ploughed into their hurling and football teams.

All-Ireland football finalists Dublin and Mayo spent in excess of €1.5m but the report points out that the expenditure figures detailed in each county's annual accounts include all inter-county teams, in both codes.

The average cost of running inter-county squads comes in at €789,430 with seven counties breaching the €1m barrier last year.

Items such as travel, accommodation, catering and medical bills form the bulk of the expenditure.

Last year's figure represents a 36.7% increase on the €18.48m that was spent back in 2011.

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