John Costello

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John Costello, outgoing chairman of the Parole Board. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A number of life-sentence prisoners were only being diagnosed with mental health issues or learning difficulties after 20 years in jail, with some vul(...)

Ronan Sheehan took exception to comments made by Ulster GAA chief executive Brian McAvoy in an interview with the Irish Examiner. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Gaelic Players’ Association has hit back at comments by Ulster GAA chief executive Brian McAvoy on Option B, one of the proposals going to next we(...)

Dublin county board chief executive John Costello has called for the introduction of the black card in hurling. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin GAA chief executive John Costello has called for the introduction of the black card into hurling. Writing in his annual report for next Wednesd(...)

Two life-sentence prisoners were recalled to resume serving their sentences behind bars for breaching the conditions of their release. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Seventeen life-sentence prisoners were released in 2019, in what was the busiest year for the Parole Board since 2014. The average term served by lif(...)

St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly scores a goal despite the efforts of Castlebar Mitchels’ Eoghan O’Reilly during the 2014 AIB  All-Ireland club football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly’s retirement has drawn plaudits from all around the world of football and whereas the emphasis on his mesmerising skills and the man(...)

Due to the success of Dublin GAA, the notion of pooled sponsorship has been mooted throughout the past decade. Could it now really be on the table? File photograph: Inpho

The weekend almost felt normal. You could sit down at lunchtime on Saturday and wrap a sports bubble around you for the rest of it. There was 10 hour(...)

Dublin’s Clanna Gael say they have ‘unfairly paid a price for playing it safe’ after they requested a hurling match against Ballyboden to be postponed. Photograph: Inpho

What by rights should have been a fixture with no broad appeal has come to represent the dilemma of players, teams and officials, as sport negotiates (...)

Dick Clerkin chairs Croke Park’s medical, scientific and welfare committee. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The GAA has moved to emphasise that members and players, who test positive for coronavirus, do not automatically require their clubs to be shut down. (...)

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton watches on during the 2017 Leinster SFC semi-final against  Westmeath at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

If and when he eventually hangs it up, Stephen Cluxton will retire with not just one of the great Gaelic football careers but one without many peers a(...)

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(...)

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