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.(...)

Year four looms. You don’t have to tell James Horan that by twice bringing Mayo to the threshold of that elusive – that prayed for – All-Ireland title(...)

 Chairman of National Referee Committee Pat McEnaney: “Criticism is something we have to accept – that we haven’t performed up to the level we wanted to.” Photograph: Inpho

Pat McEnaney, chair of the National Referees Committee, has accepted that enforcement of the black card rule must improve. He was speaking after th(...)

Séamust “Banty” McEnaney

So on we go, headlong into a black card world. Which is pretty remarkable, when you stop to consider it for a moment. A game that stood largely untink(...)

Referee Padraig Hughes: “This was my first experience doing it, and the first experience is a learning curve. You need more games under your belt for all us to get used to it.” Photograph: Inpho

One of the supposed attractions of the O Fiaich Cup double-header in Crossmaglen yesterday was to provide players, managers, referees and spectators w(...)

Škoda Ireland have announced the extension of their sponsorship of Tipperary GAA by another year, bringing their investment over the four-year partnership to €800,000. To mark the deal, the new 2014 Tipperary GAA strip was unveiled at Croke Park yesterday, modelled by player Brendan Maher. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The initiative to play the Ó Fiaich Cup tournament under the new “black card” disciplinary rules came from the managers of the county teams involved a(...)

The intoduction of the black card for cynical fouls is one  of the major changes in the rule book.

The GAA must give its “full backing” to the new football rules coming into force in January 2014, according to one of the senior referees involved in (...)

Ger Loughnane has insisted that National Referees Association chairman Pat McEnaney should have ’nothing to do’ with hurling. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Former Clare All-Ireland winning manager Ger Loughnane has insisted that National Referees Association chairman Pat McEnaney should have “nothing to d(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Neil McGee of Donegal are involved in a heated exchange during last year’s All-Ireland football final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Call it mind games, call it player welfare concern, either way next Sunday’s rerun of last year’s All-Ireland final between Donegal and Mayo was yeste(...)

Cork’s Patrick Horgan is shown a red card by referee James McGrath after a foul on Paudie O’Brien. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

No decision has yet been made as to whether Cork forward Patrick Horgan will look for a hearing in respect of the red card that ended his involvement (...)