Croke Park €10m earner for GAA
Rugby, soccer and concerts will yield more revenue for the GAA this year than the All-Ireland hurling and football finals put together.
Last night's opening session of the GAA's annual Congress in Sligo heard that non-GAA activities would bring in €10m this year to add to the €7.5m earned by similar activities in 2007.
Last year's Kerry v Cork and Kilkenny v Limerick All-Ireland football and hurling finals yielded just over €8m. The huge income for rugby, soccer and concerts will leave the GAA in a position to invest heavily in its own projects in the coming years
A total of €8m will go directly to clubs over the next three years while €30m will be spent on regional projects.
Croke Park is due to close to soccer and rugby when Lansdowne Road is re-opened but it remains to be seen if a permanent change will be made to Rule 42 to make GAA HQ, with its larger capacity, available for big events.