Colm Coyle

6 results

Kilkenny beat Offaly by nine points in Nowlan Park. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Reform it and they will come A couple of weekends into the radical departure of the round robins in the Munster and Leinster hurling championships, t(...)

Referee Joe McQuillan awards Mayo a penalty during the semi-final against Dublin in 2015. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Expect the worse and move on up from there. That’s how Pat McEnaney advises Joe McQuillan to handle Sunday’s All-Ireland football final. “People thin(...)

Declan Brennan, the former Monaghan selector who last week announced his plans to establish the club players body, said  the CPA “don’t aim for any confrontation with anybody”. Photograph: Inpho

Plans for a new Club Players Association (CPA) may yet gain some formal approval or recognition from the GAA. According to Declan Brennan, the form(...)

A despondent Liam McHale leaves the pitch after being sent  off in the 1996 All-Ireland final replay. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

00 The 2000 final replay was the first to be played on a Saturday. Although the tradition is well established now so as to minimise the effect on c(...)

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.(...)

Kevin Reilly: The Meath man has had six intercounty managers since his debut in 2005. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The first day Meath tossed Kevin Reilly out the door of the plane, he just about had time to check for a parachute. He was 19 years old and not long o(...)