James Owens

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Referee James Owens prepares to show Clare’s Aidan McCarthy a yellow card during the Munster semi-final in  Limerick. Owens will tell the meeting of his colleagues what he saw at the time and what guided his action. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Why don’t they leave hurling alone? It was grand the way it was. These sentiments are in essence the response of many hurling followers to the sort of(...)

Darragh Ó Sé receives a yellow card from referee Joe McQuillan during the drawn All-Ireland SFC semi-final game against Cork at Croke Park in August 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson

I watched Brian Lohan talking after the Clare game on Sunday and although he kept it together fairly well – much better than I would have – you could (...)

Barry Kelly says that James Owens and other referees haven’t had anything like the usual number of matches to acclimatise to the new hurling rules for championship. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Former referee Barry Kelly has said that he remains in favour of measures to combat cynical play even though the current sanction, which proved contro(...)

Tipperary progress to the Munster final after beating Clare at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Tipperary 3-23 Clare 2-22 A memorable weekend’s hurling concluded in controversy at the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Sunday when an impressive looking Clare(...)

Galway’s Joe Canning and Gearoid Hegarty of Limerick in action during Sunday’s league encounter. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Galway 0-26 Limerick 1-17 Part of the reason the clash between Limerick and Galway in last year’s championship was so eagerly anticipated was the bel(...)

Gearoid McInerney’s Galway team and Limerick last met in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final. File photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Saturday NHL Division 1B - Laois v Dublin, O’Moore Park (5.00, live on GAAGO) Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow) Laois didn’t deserve the hefty beating (...)

Limerick’s Gearoid Hegarty celebrates with Tom Morrissey at the final whistle. Photograph: Inpho

In the end, a unique year has birthed a unique final. Limerick didn’t exactly strip the paint off the walls in overcoming Galway but they did enough t(...)

Galway are unbeaten against Kilkenny since 2016 with three wins and a draw.

Saturday GAA Hurling All-Ireland senior championship Round 2 Clare v Wexford MW Hire O’Moore Park, 2.0 Live, GAAGO Referee: Liam Gordon (Galway) It(...)

Monaghan referee Martin McNally is excited to be involved in the 2020 football championship. File photograph: Inpho

The man or woman in the middle of games is by in large, the most essential facet of any sporting event. Often overlooked when things go well and often(...)

 Greg Murphy, formerly of Cork and now with Abu Dhabi Na Fianna and a sub on the 2018 All-Stars, is tackled by Cork’s Patrick Horgan  at Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

2018 All Stars 9-16 2019 All Stars 8-9 Showcasing what we must assume as axiomatically greater hunger, the 2018 PwC All Stars beat their 2019 counter(...)

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