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« Reply #2775 on: May 31, 2019, 11:41:58 AM »
Derry treasurer resigns amid financial worries for Oak Leaf board


DERRY county board treasurer Michael Hasson has resigned amid the county reportedly suffering from financial difficulties.

The Banagher clubman, who had served a previous five-year stint in the role, stood down at the weekend.

He had stepped in when he was approached after the failure to appoint a treasurer at the 2018 convention.

Hasson took over after the role’s previous incumbent, Liam Peoples, declined to run for the position again after two years in the job. Previous incumbent, Pat Brennan, had also cut short his term.

There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on the part of Hasson, Peoples or Brennan. All had struggled to arrest the growing spending demands, and several sources have described the role as “impossible”.


It’s understood that Hasson’s decision to resign was partly due to work commitments.

A meeting had been arranged in recent weeks between county board officials and officers in Croke Park to discuss the situation, but that meeting was cancelled. The reason for the cancellation is unclear.

The Irish News understands that the Oak Leaf county board has suffered from repeated cash flow issues during the summer over a period of several years.

It’s believed that there have been recent issues over payments of players’ expenses, although all payments are now up-to-date.




The bill for the county teams is believed to be on course to hit £600,000 for this year, up from £484,000 in 2018.

While the county board’s accounts from 2018 showed a surplus of £78,695, the net cash inflow showed a drop of just over £164,000 between 2017 and 2018.

The county’s net cash flow decreased by £93,590 in 2018, leaving their cash reserves at just £3,659 - down from £97,249 the previous year.

Several members last year left a finance committee that had been in place for almost a decade to offer advice and assistance to the county board.

Current outgoings are believed to be in the region of £65,000 to £70,000 per month, of which a portion is contributed directly by the county’s fundraising wing, Club Derry, to service the outstanding bank debt for the development of Owenbeg, which is in line to be completely paid off in 2020.

The county runs from the point of its National League dividend being paid, usually in May, until the start of the club championships in September largely off its reserves, with no meaningful income during that period.

Derry’s dividend from Division Four of the football league and 2B of the hurling series are expected to be smaller again this year than the 2018 figure of £45,152 paid by Croke Park.

That issue has been exacerbated in recent years by the county’s return to a straight knockout club championship.

That has in part led to cash flow problems, with further issues this year.

In response to a series of questions, including whether there are any plans to levy clubs, a spokesperson for Derry GAA said: "Any assertion that Derry GAA is in financial difficulties is simply untrue.

"Our accounts are published annually and tabled at the AGM with all transactions detailed.

"Our treasurer stepped down for personal reasons. Any attempt to portray that there is a wider issue is inaccurate and uninformed."

Up 116k in one year to run county teams.  How that happen?
Blow ins like Hugh McGrath are bleeding the county dry. Hes on at least £400 a week, and other than washing jerseys I dont know what else he offers.

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Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« Reply #2776 on: May 31, 2019, 11:58:42 AM »
Hi Mucker I seen him carrying water the other night too. Money well justified.

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« Reply #2777 on: May 31, 2019, 04:18:37 PM »
Anyone any idea of the U20 side that lined out against Antrim?

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Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« Reply #2779 on: June 02, 2019, 11:08:39 PM »
https://thesaffrongael.com/2019/05/30/late-derry-comeback-denies-antrim-victory/

I was in owenbeg Saturday, derry u20s were outgunned by a very good cavan team. Good to see Oisin McWilliams getting a game under his belt, he will be key for rest of year. Noticeable change of team from minor grade, something similar to Tyrone. Definitely work to do but have the big game players and hopefully all available injury free.before the Armagh game.

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« Reply #2780 on: June 03, 2019, 09:26:56 AM »
They didn't have their full side out in either game, wouldn't worry too much yet. These lads are still competitive at Ulster level and it will all be on the day.

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« Reply #2782 on: June 05, 2019, 04:37:48 PM »
Great to see a bit of progress in the city!

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« Reply #2783 on: June 07, 2019, 08:41:24 AM »
Many making the trip down tomorrow ? looking forward to it myself hopefully build a run into these qualifiers

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« Reply #2784 on: June 08, 2019, 06:58:34 PM »
Good performance against a poor Wexford team. Game was over by h/t with us playing against a fair wind. A couple of great team goals.
McFaul was excellent today and McGuigan is turning into a serious player at this level.
Decent enough splattering of Derry folk down.

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« Reply #2785 on: June 08, 2019, 09:52:53 PM »
Good result alright. To be fair, couldn't ask much more of the county team this year.
Gained promotion, didn't disgrace ourselves against last year's all Ireland finalists and comfortably through first round.

Derry v Tyrone round 2. The revenge. Lol.

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« Reply #2786 on: June 10, 2019, 08:50:57 AM »
Good ruthless performance on Saturday which we havent seen in a few years in the championship and i know Wexford were very poor but still. Smart by management to take off some big hitters and allow the squad to get some championship minutes under the belt. Mcfaul starting to really show his worth this year as well as big Conor. Shane, enda and emmett up front again very good also.

Bring on Laois.

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« Reply #2787 on: June 11, 2019, 04:18:45 PM »
Qualifier game with Laois is on Sat 22nd, 5pm at Owenbeg

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Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« Reply #2788 on: June 13, 2019, 10:25:53 AM »
Really this should be played at Celtic pk. It's either our county ground for Championship games or it's not. If it's not then the powers that be should have the honesty to close it up and sell the place and use the money elsewhere. Probably the only reason they aren't is that goes against the GAA aims of urban development so it wouldn't go down well in Croke pk.

There's enough rancor and division in Derry with north/south/city... without the place we play at being another one. We must be the only county that when we get a home draw a lot of the comments on the Derry fbook page are about the venue.  Surely supporters can travel 30 minutes to one hour to support the county team. Was never a problem when we were going really well - now it's a handy excuse. It's as well we don't live in a county as big as Kerry or Cork or nobody would ever go to a game.

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Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« Reply #2789 on: June 13, 2019, 11:06:11 AM »
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