GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan speaking at the GAA Congress in Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: Tom O’Hanlon/Inpho

Football’s new back-pass rule will be in force for this year’s provincial and All-Ireland championships. The decision to implement almost immediately (...)

 A diver from Hong Kong’s fire services department emerges after inspecting a sewage tunnel suspected to have been used by anti-government protesters to escape Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Photograph: Laurel Chor/Getty Images

Scores of protesters were still holed up in a tense siege in a Hong Kong university on Tuesday after many surrendered overnight, including more than 2(...)

A player who receives a  black card is punished by  10 minutes in the sin-bin rather than automatic substitution by a replacement. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The restriction on the hand-pass is teetering on the brink of rejection at Saturday’s meeting of the GAA’s Central Council at Croke Park. It has also(...)

Dublin’s Callum Pearson and James McEntee of Meath compete for possession during their O’Byrne Cup semi-final last Saturday. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It’s early in the year for a meeting of such consequence but this Saturday the GAA’s Central Council have to decide on the future of the experimental (...)

David Hassan: “If the basis of Gaelic football is catching and kicking, then if we’re moving in that direction that’s to be welcomed.” Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

David Hassan isn’t part of the Twitterati, nor does he have a Facebook profile, but the former Derry dual player has an idea of what’s being said abo(...)

All kickouts must cross the 45 under the proposed new rules. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On a clear and mild Thursday night in the middle of October, three freshers football teams went out to the GAA pitch in Abbotstown and tried out some (...)

Rob Carroll in Tullamore in 2013 setting up to record Kildare’s statistics. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

“Do players get a say in these rules? Some absolute ridiculous decisions . . .why change the game based on one or two bad matches? The #GAA has lost i(...)

Ned Quinn: former Kilkenny County Board chairman will chair CCCC. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ned Quinn is the new chair of the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC), which oversees central Association issues including fixtures a(...)

Vincent Doyle pauses at a scenic spot  above the River Shannon where his father, Fr John J Doyle, often took him. Vincent did not know the priest was his father, but knew him as his godfather. Photograph: Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe

It was the early 1980s when they first met at a wedding in Co Cavan. Fr John J Doyle (44) was a Co Longford Spiritan (Holy Ghost) priest, home from t(...)

 Ethnic Uyghur members of the Communist Party of China carry a flag past a billboard of President Xi Jinping in the old town of Kashgar, in the Xinjiang province. Photograph:  Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The Korean nuclear crisis and dealings with the mercurial US president Donald Trump come at an awkward time for Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who is keen(...)

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