Cats on the money: Kilkenny supporters help Leinster hurling reap €2.7m windfall
LAST year’s gripping clashes between Kilkenny and Galway helped hurling to outpoint football in the Leinster GAA money stakes, new figures reveal.
Gate returns from the Leinster senior football championship plummeted by almost 30pc last year.
However, Leinster GAA’s coffers were boosted by bigger hurling attendences, with the small ball game raking in more than €800,000 last year than football.
According to Leinster GAA’s accounts, a total of €5.22 million was generated from games last year, down around €50,000 from 2017. This also includes the €522,097 taken from the Leinster hurling final replay between Kilkenny and Galway in Thurles.
The 2017 figures were boosted by the presence of Wexford and Kildare in provincial deciders that took in well in excess of €1m each day, but that wasn’t the case in 2018 which underscored the value of the hurling replay for Leinster.
The new round-robin provincial championship format has also clearly helped to offset losses in other areas, driving the take from senior hurling championship games in 2018 to €2,691,423, up from €2,026,194 in 2017, an increase of almost one-third.
The most lucrative round-robin fixture was the €248,235 generated by Kilkenny’s trip to Salthill to play Galway on May 27.