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The Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) will provide financial assistance to the New York team who must return to Ireland for their TG4 All-Ireland junior final replay against Wicklow on Sunday week.
Last Sunday’s 0-9 apiece draw at Croke Park means the Exiles will have to cross the Atlantic for a third time in recent weeks. It’s estimated that their latest trip home could cost as much as €50,000 when flights and accommodation are taking into consideration.
“There’s no doubt it is costly but our association are looking at the feasibility of providing them with some assistance and that has to be cleared by Central Council,” LGFA president Pat Quill said.
“We would love to be in a position to pay for their trip in full, be we simply can’t do that, we don’t have those finances.”
Quill dismissed suggestions that New York would refuse to travel to Ireland again given the huge cost involved.
“I was talking to these girls and their team management and the management of the New York board on Sunday and they will be there. And they will make the necessary sacrifices to be there and that’s why they deserve our support.”
The junior final will be played as part of a double-header with the intermediate final between Westmeath and Cavan – which also ended in a draw – on Sunday week, October 9 at a venue yet to be decided.