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When Stephen Cluxton came off his line early for the penalty save which denied Paul Geaney a goal in the drawn final, I had it rerun within eight or nine seconds in the commentary position. This type of ‘ref-assist’ doesn’t have to be unacceptably intrusive. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

My late father had a phrase that combined his love and admiration for the GAA with the frustration that it could sometimes cause him. He would sit the(...)

It is commonplace to see Jim Gavin mentioned together with Stephen Cluxton (pictured) and county CEO John Costello as the most influential people in the quest that was completed last Saturday. Photograph: Tom Honan

The five-in-a-row done, what is Dublin’s place in history? The obvious answer is that this will be up to others to judge. From here on ground zero, th(...)

Once freed, lifers are under licence for the rest of their lives and can be returned to prison if recommended during annual reviews by the Probation Service.

Eleven prisoners serving life sentences were released after a Parole Board review last year - more than a doubling of the number five years ago. In i(...)

Micheál Cunningham at the Lismaconly Cemetery grave of  his murdered daughter Ciara Ní Chathmhaoil. Photograph:  Tom Honan

The letter arrived in November. It was from the parole board wanting to know if the family of Ciara Ní Chathmhaoil had anything to submit regarding he(...)

Donegal’s  queried having to play Dublin in Croke Park in Phase 1 of the quarter-finals last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

With each passing year, as interest in the run-up to the GAA’s annual congress wanes – the move from April to February has been a factor – its capacit(...)

For a GAA annual congress that had one of the lowest-key build-ups in memory - further evidenced when all business was disposed of by the time delegat(...)

Eoghan O’Gara scores a goal against Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-finals last season. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin will not be required to play any home championship fixtures outside of Croke Park. Motion 39, proposed by Donegal, stipulated that any county (...)

Former Dublin manager Mickey Whelan at the launch of the GAA’s online GAA learning portal LCPE.ie at Croke Park. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The last thing Mickey Whelan means to play is any ‘told you so’ games, but he always said this Dublin would win four All-Irelands, and he fully expect(...)

‘Between you and me and the post’ – Like sentry guards, Jack McCaffrey and umpire Tom O’Kane watch the ball squirm away from the goal, one of the few moments of danger for Dublin in a relatively straight-forward semi-final win over Galway. Photo: “A Season of Sundays 2018”/Sportsfile

The Best Tony 10 by Declan Lynch and Tony O’Reilly – Gill Books, €16.99 The story of Tony O’Reilly, the Carlow postmaster who stole €1.75m(...)

Dublin CEO John Costello congratulates Jonny Cooper after the All-Ireland victory over Tyrone. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

One of the GAA’s leading administrators has expressed the fear that the experimental football rules will benefit defensive tactics rather than undermi(...)

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