Dublin’s Philip McMahon celebrates   with the Sam Maguire after beating Tyrone in the All-Ireland   Football Championship final in  Croke Park last year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The sad irony of Eugene McGee’s death just as the football championship begins has been remarked on: Dublin shortly become only the third county to st(...)

January All-Ireland semi-finals and finals could be organised by Croke Park and that would substantially  reduce the interval between them and the provincial finals. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Next year’s All-Ireland club finals could be completed by the end of January. A review of fixtures scheduling is currently under way in Croke Park a(...)

Paul Earley: was a key member of the Football Review Committee as well as managing Ireland’s International Rules team in 2013 and 2014. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

As the debate about the future of football picks up momentum, Paul Earley has called for a more widespread consultation process to establish what the (...)

The GAA  has nothing to fear from discussion amongst its members of proposals, however radical they may be.

The GAA has in recent decades been fairly partial to contemplating the future. If we go back nearly 50 years to the McNamee Commission, which report(...)

Stephen Coen lifts the cup for Mayo’s victorious under-21 footballers last year. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Change creeps up slowly. This week we are watching the last ever provincial under-21 football finals in Munster and Leinster with the other provinces (...)

Championship  blueprint drawn up by GAA director general Páraic Duffy is only game in town for significant  reform. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Maybe it’s just because the beginning of every year is meant to carry the promise of the future rather than the accumulated weight of the past that th(...)

GAA  president Aogán Ó Fearghaíl with director general Páraic Duffy at the associations’s annual congress at the   Mount Wolseley Hotel in Tullow, Co Carlow. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The GAA’s annual congress was again a crash course in the association’s deficiencies when it comes to planned and constructive change. Yet, curiously(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy and Bryan Sheehan display their high-fielding skills during their Football League Division One game against Down at Páirc Esler, Newry, on Sunday. Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho.

Jarlath Burns, chair of the Standing Committee on the Playing Rules, who piloted the reform through annual congress last Saturday, has said that the m(...)

Kieran Fitzgerald and Martin Farragher celebrate Corofin beating Slaughtneil in the All-Ireland club football championship final in March. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

GAA plans for a calendar-year season to operate in its major competitions will not now happen next year. The idea that the format, which was initially(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea plays one of the many hand-passes in the recent Allianz Football League clash against Tyrone.   Photo: Mike Shaughnessy/Inpho

The GAA need to conduct an annual review of trends in football according to Paul Earley, who has said he is worried by the proliferation of hand-passi(...)

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