Nickey Brennan is hopeful the leagues can begin in March and the new rule will be first trialled before championship. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Opponents of the new rule aimed at eradicating aspects of cynical play in hurling and football may have been silenced by the decision at GAA Congress (...)

The slowness of the voting had given a practical benediction to the idea that any contentious motions would be better tabled for a special congress later in the year when the hope is that things might be a bit more normal. Photograph: Inpho

GAA director general Tom Ryan expressed it best in the course of answering how he felt that the association’s first remote congress had gone. “I just (...)

Motion 20 stipulated (in hurling) both the award of a penalty and a sin binning when a player deprives an opponent of a goal-scoring opportunity by committing one of three specified infractions. File photograph: Inpho

The GAA has voted to accept new penalties for cynical fouling. After an intense debate, the motion was carried by 168-108 or 61-39 per cent. Motion (...)

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane and Diarmaid Byrnes celebrate the All-Ireland victoryat Croke Park. Photograph: Tom Honan

Joanne Cantwell reminded us of how Limerick captain Declan Hannon summed up the oddness of it all earlier in the week. “It’s gas,” he said, “putting u(...)

If Michael Fennelly is to bring Offaly back into contention as a senior hurling county, it will be by emphasising core traits of togetherness. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Michael Fennelly once said that one of the hardest championship hours he ever spent was against Offaly. It was in 2008 and it left its mark on him. Ki(...)

Brian and Frank Lohan of Clare  tackle Johnny Dooley of Offaly during the 1995 All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph:     Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Clare 1-13 Offaly 2-8 After what had been a blistering summer, the weather ran out in early September and the All-Ireland hurling final was played in(...)

Either Tyrone or Donegal will fall at the first hurdle in this year’s Championship. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The strange mirroring of the 20th century continues. Having marked the rough centenaries of pandemic and disrupted championships, the GAA now seems de(...)

 Michael Duignan in Croke Park working for RTÉ during their coverage of last summer’s hurling championship. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Michael Duignan has been elected as the new Offaly county board chairman at Tuesday night’s county convention. The two-time All-Ireland hurling winne(...)

A congregation in the parish of Loughrea in Co Galway has been urged to pray for children to choose a vocation in the priesthood. Photograph: iStock

Parents should put aside time each day to pray for their children to choose a vocation in the priesthood, the parish of Loughrea in Co Galway has hear(...)

Angela Downey’s son Conor Browne in action for Kilkenny. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“Today,” said Donal Óg Cusack, “is like Christmas Day for hurling people,” but while he went on to tip Tipp to triumph on this festive occasion, he re(...)

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