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Club Rossie fundraising helps Roscommon report surplus of €1.2m

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

04:52 12 Dec 2019

Roscommon GAA have bucked the trend of depressing county finances by reporting a budget surplus for 2019 of €1.2million.

The county's overall income nearly doubled from 2018's figure of €1.6m to €2.8m.

That steady rise was helped in the main by a massive boost in monies raised by Club Rossie - the commercial and fundraising of Roscommon GAA. They managed to raise a whopping €1.135m in 2019, up €848,000 from the year prior.

Roscommon County Treasurer David O'Connor praised the work done by Club Rossie, saying they've "transformed the financial position of Roscommon GAA.

The Rossies' figures are in stark contrast to the grim reading put forward by the likes of Cork and Galway in recent days.

Revenue increased from €1.6m in 2018 to €2.8m in 2019, while costs remained almost steady (€1.55m in 2019 vs. €1.49m in 2018).

In his report, O'Connor wrote, "By increasing our revenue through the Win a House in Dublin fundraiser in particular, we were in a position to pay off our creditors, which has long been an objective of the Board, and this has helped strengthen our balance sheet."

O'Connor says they remain committed to the much-needed redevelopment of Dr. Hyde Park as well as the Dermot Earley Centre of Excellence in the county, adding "It has taken longer than we would have liked but as you can see an immense amount of work is going into getting Roscommon GAA into a position where it can once again undertake major capital projects."

And it appears Roscommon have set themselves up to maintain a healthy financial position, with O'Connor saying, "On Monday we launched our biggest fundraiser yet which is critical to delivering these major capital projects.

"Win a Home in London is our most ambitious venture yet and we hope that people of Roscommon will use every contact they have to help this succeed.

"Without the incredible backing of Sean Mulryan and the efforts and professionalism of the volunteer Club Rossie team a project of this magnitude would simply not be possible."

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