Access exclusive podcasts, interviews and analysis with a monthly or annual membership

Become A Member
Dublin: 2°C Wednesday 14 April 2021

Mayo GAA team expenses rose to €1.6 million this year but they still had a surplus

There was a 46% rise in expenditure but also a 44% increase in income.

Mayo reached this year's All-Ireland final replay against Dublin.
Mayo reached this year's All-Ireland final replay against Dublin.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

MAYO GAA HAVE revealed that they spent €1.6 million on team administration expenses in 2016, nearly double their figurefrom 2015.

The increase of nearly 46% in the cost of running teams is the most eye-catching figure in the Mayo GAA account details which were revealed today but the county board still recorded a surplus at the end of the year as there was a 44% increase in income.

Mayo spent €1,632,448 in 2016 in running their teams in comparison to a figure of €880,316 in 2015.

Their senior footballers were in action this year until 1 October when they lost out the All-Ireland final replay to Dublin while in 2015 their season ended on 5 September when they were defeated by Dublin at the semi-final replay stage.

However it has to be factored in that several other Mayo sides had longer seasons this year, which contributed to the rise in expenses. Mayo’s U21 side won the All-Ireland football title while their junior team also reached an All-Ireland final and their minor side contested an All-Ireland quarter-final.

The Mayo team celebrate in the dressing room Mayo players celebrate their All-Ireland U21 title win. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

In hurling, Mayo reached the Nicky Rackard Cup final and the All-Ireland U21 B hurling decider.

Drilling down further into the team administration expenses it’s clear that those extended campaigns were a factor

Travelling Expenses:

  • 2016 – €580,547
  • 2015 – €517,650


  • 2016 – €447,280
  • 2015 –  €172,367

Sportsgear & Equipment

  • 2016 – €360,785
  • 2015 –  €31,227

Medical Expenses

  • 2016 – €211,104
  • 2015 –  €134,740

The flipside was that Mayo still recorded a surplus this year of €87,329 after a surplus in 2016 of €94,979.

Total expenditure this year did rise from €2,035,082 to €2,989,659, but total income was also up 44% from €2,130,781 to €3,076,988, with notable increases in certain areas.

Commercial Income

  • 2016 – €478,141
  • 2015 – €218,033


  • 2016 – €840,179
  • 2015 – €600,086

Transfer Income (Team Expenses and Grants from GAA)

  • 2016 – €715,506
  • 2015 – €487,576

The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!

Munster boss backs Tommy Walsh to make Kerry return in 2017

Daly surprised by Dublin direction but understands Cunningham’s desire for change

About the author:

Fintan O'Toole

Read next: