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Finance on top of Mayo GAA’s agenda


TALKING FIGURES Mayo GAA Board Treasurer Kevin O’Toole is pictured answering questions from the floor during Sunday’s County Convention at the Park Hotel in Kiltimagh. Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Mike Finnerty

MAYO GAA Board treasurer Kevin O’Toole will be stepping down from his position at the end of next year, and has described his volunteer role in the organisation as ‘frightening’ given the vast amounts of money that must now be managed.
Speaking at last Sunday’s County Convention, O’Toole said 2018 was ‘a testing year’ for Mayo GAA from a financial point of view and warned that next year ‘will be just as challenging’.  
“This will be my final year as treasurer,” said the Tourmakeady native. “It is a very onerous task, the responsibility of the amount of money involved in it. It’s frightening actually. And it’s unfair, whatever about volunteerism, to ask somebody to manage a budget of that size.
“It was a testing year, we had the worries,” he added. “The fact we didn’t get to an All-Ireland, would we be in trouble? But as the accounts would show, ‘No, we didn’t get into trouble because we did manage it well’.
“Next year will be just as challenging as this year.”
Meanwhile, County Board chairman, Mike Connelly, confirmed that appointing a Commercial Manager for Mayo GAA ‘will be the number one priority next year’ in order to generate additional revenue streams.
“The Commercial Manager is our number one priority for next year, and we do realise the strength of our brand,” he said.
“The Mayo GAA brand is probably the fifth strongest brand in the country, you can take Dublin, Leinster, Munster and Ulster rugby and we probably come in around fifth.
“Kerry have recruited a commercial person to try and increase their revenue. That’s where we have to take ourselves, it won’t just happen overnight but it’s part of our plan for next year,” added Connelly.