Tipperary wing back Kieran Bergin in action during the drawn All-Ireland hurling final against Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary’s Kieran Bergin is of the view the free awarded at the end of last month’s drawn All-Ireland final wasn’t a foul. The controversial decisio(...)

Referee Barry Kelly and Kilkenny manager Brian Cody after the drawn All-Ireland hurling final against Tipperary. Cody was cleared of a misconduct charge in respect of remarks about Kelly. Photograph: Inpho

GAA president Liam O’Neill has expressed regret about the controversy caused by Kilkenny manager Brian Cody’s remarks about All-Ireland referee Barry(...)

 Kilkenny manager Brian Cody escaped sanction from the GAA. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody has been cleared of any formal misconduct following his criticism of Westmeath referee Barry Kelly, who took char(...)

Cork refereee John Sexton: “Barry is one of the best referees in the last decade and will take it on the chin.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork referee John Sexton has called on GAA chiefs to take action against Kilkenny senior hurling manager Brian Cody for his criticism of Westmeath wh(...)

Ideally Brian Cody would simply apologise to Barry Kelly, let the matter go and spend the winter enjoying his unique achievement but what are the chances of that? Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s now well over four years since former GAA president Christy Cooney, in what he described as “the most important launch” of his term of office, un(...)

Wexford’s Brian White was the first referee to benefit from the new dispensation when he was appointed to take charge of the Kerry-Galway All-Ireland football final replay in 2000. Photograph: Inpho

The caricature is that the GAA love replays and that referees are well-regarded if they can ensure a big championship match is level after 70 minutes.(...)

Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrell and Tipp’s Patrick Maher struggle for possession with Paul Murphy in close attendance. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sport is a soft touch for mythologising, Gaelic games among the softest and within GAA hurling to a greater degree than football. It’s a frequently he(...)

Kilkenny and Tipperary fans on edge at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Seventy minutes gone in Croke Park and the ball falling out of a perfect September sky and Kilkenny and Tipperary are deadlocked 3-22 to 1-28 and yet (...)

Kilkenny’s Brian Kennedy and  JJ Delaney in action against Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On the evening of the Cork-Tipperary semi-final I made a late afternoon visit to a well-known palatial Tipperary hostelry on Fleet Street on the south(...)

 Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal against Cork in the All-Ireland hurling semi-final on August 17th last in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea has confirmed that his squad came through last weekend’s round of club championship matches unscathed and that he will (...)