Pat Mcenaney

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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(...)

Some men are born umpires. Others have umpiring thrust upon them. Mark Gilsenan was sitting at home in Corduff, Co Monaghan on a Friday night in July (...)

Pat McEnaney sends off Liam McHale and Colm Coyle in the 1996 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Inpho

It was 20 years ago today Pat McEnaney taught the boys to play. Tried to anyway. The anniversary of the 1996 All-Ireland final replay was last Thursd(...)

“Imagine living in a world where Mayo were All-Ireland champions. We would have to decommission the term marquee forward.” File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

What will we do with ourselves if Mayo win on Sunday? Anybody thought of that? We can spend the week mulling over the various ifs and ands and wherefo(...)

Former referee Pat McEnaney: “It’s something that’s happening within our association and has been going on a long time.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

A former head of the GAA’s referee committee has said a “culture change” is needed among supporters to prevent assaults and abuse of officials at gam(...)

John Prenty says that allowing the replacement of a player who has received two yellow cards would be a virtual incentive to foul. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht secretary John Prenty has criticised proposals of the Hurling 2020 committee to reduce the punishment for a second yellow card in hurling and(...)

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.(...)

Year four looms. You don’t have to tell James Horan that by twice bringing Mayo to the threshold of that elusive – that prayed for – All-Ireland title(...)

 Chairman of National Referee Committee Pat McEnaney: “Criticism is something we have to accept – that we haven’t performed up to the level we wanted to.” Photograph: Inpho

Pat McEnaney, chair of the National Referees Committee, has accepted that enforcement of the black card rule must improve. He was speaking after th(...)

Séamust “Banty” McEnaney

So on we go, headlong into a black card world. Which is pretty remarkable, when you stop to consider it for a moment. A game that stood largely untink(...)

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