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Sunday 22 September 2019

Bowing out on a high

Finances back in order as Devereux’s term concludes

Outgoing county Chairman Diarmuid Devereux (right) is joined by Andrew Egan of sponsors Greenstar as they present the Under-21 football Premier championship trophy to Aodhán Foley (Shelmaliers) after their victory over holders Crossabeg-Ballymurn in Sunday's final
Outgoing county Chairman Diarmuid Devereux (right) is joined by Andrew Egan of sponsors Greenstar as they present the Under-21 football Premier championship trophy to Aodhán Foley (Shelmaliers) after their victory over holders Crossabeg-Ballymurn in Sunday's final

Brendan Furlong

Wexford G.A.A. Chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, will bow out on a high when the financial report is presented to the annual county Convention on Monday night.

The county ends the year showing an operating surplus of €260,084, up from €67,873 in 2015.

Wexford bucked the national trend as the county showed an increase in attendances, with the current gate receipts amounting to €473,858 which is a rise of €71,000 on the previous year.

Equally noteworthy is the significant drop in teams' expenses, down to €695,891 from a spend of €806,866, a drop of some €111,000 approximately.

As the accounts will show, Wexford G.A.A. has not found itself in such a healthy financial position for some years, particularly following the financial crisis that hit the county five years ago.

Under current liabilities, creditors have also shown a significant drop, and this comes on top of the development of the Ferns Centre of Excellence and the clearing of the Wexford Park debt, while the Glenbrien land legacy is no longer an issue.

Overall the figures confirm the excellent job carried out by the Chairman, Diarmuid Devereux, whose five-year term of office comes to an end at this Convention.

Devereux is elated with the financial report and the strengthening of the county's financial position in the space of those five years.

'I'm delighted with the accounts and the transformation. I'm delighted to be able to hand on to the next County Board a set of accounts in such condition,' he said.

'It's a great legacy for the last County Board as the figures speak for themselves. It's a huge achievement for the County Board and a marvellous legacy for them.'

The figures show that Wexford are in a position to forward the county both on and off the pitch. 'The figures are fantastic. It makes for a happy ending to my five-year term of office. It shows the wonderful progress for Wexford both on an off the pitch,' he added.

'During my term of office we won three provincial Under-21 hurling titles in a row and two consecutive Leinster Junior football titles, along with one provincial Intermediate hurling title.'

Keeping these figures on track will remain a central challenge for Wexford G.A.A. in the years ahead as it will have a huge bearing on the strength of inter-county teams into the future.

Now all attention is turning towards who will succeed Devereux in the hot seat. Two of the three nominees will be putting their names forward on Monday, namely Derek Kent (Taghmon-Camross) and Arthur Quinn (Askamore-Kilrush).

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