It emerged on Tuesday morning that a current GAA Chairman has called upon Liam O’ Neill’s organisation to provide this year’s All-Ireland finalists with monetary compensation.
The story which appeared in the Irish Examiner details how Eire Og Chairman Pat Daly has contacted the GAA in relation to the the county boards of both Cork and Clare receiving financial support.
In particular, Daly intends to use the money to finance the so-called “holiday fund” that GAA athletes rely on.
In light of the fact that the Munster sides played out a dramatic and highly entertaining match that ended in a draw, it would seem as though the GAA could certainly afford to supplement this cause.
However, it’s still unsure whether or not the Liam O’Neill and his overtly-frugal set-up would sanction the rather large fee involved.
In fact, with Daly seeking €300,000 in total to assist the players once the season is over, it’s difficult to imagine how the deal could possibly go through. It’s proposed that two-thirds of that amount would hypothetically go to the All-Ireland champions, whilst the rest would be given to the beaten finalists.
Of course, it’s easy to see why they should, and it’s even easier to empathise with the players who break sweat, bones and shed blood all for the weekend thrill of hoisting points over the bar for the pride of their county.
In truth, if anything, this should be a no-brainer for all considered, but with such a large fee up for grabs, the GAA may well dig its heels in.
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