Tom Parsons

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Colm Boyle has become the latest Mayo stalwart to confirm his intercounty retirement. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Colm Boyle has retired, and another great from the last decade of football is gone. He leaves with four All Star awards, a record for Mayo which he sh(...)

GAA director general Tom Ryan, president  Larry McCarthy and former present John Horan during the debate on motion 19 at Croke Park on Saturday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Despite the weekend setback, top GAA officials remain hopeful that reform of the football championship is on the way with a new model likely to be tri(...)

Former GAA president John Horan said Option A had very little support and suggested it be withdrawn. File photograph: Inpho

The GAA may consider withdrawing Option A – the proposal for four eight-county “provinces” – from Saturday’s special congress clár. The issue arose at(...)

 According to Tom Parsons, 80 per cent of those who replied to a GPA survey   were in favour of Option B. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The National Executive Committee of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) have taken the unprecedented measure of writing to all county board chairs an(...)

Gaelic Players’ Association chief executive Tom Parsons laid out how Option B would work during a recent presentation. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The Gaelic Players’ Association got with the programme last week and conducted a detailed briefing session for media, to promote their advocacy of Opt(...)

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon celebrates at the final whistle of the 2017 All-Ireland final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2017 All-Ireland final was 42 minutes old and Dublin were a point ahead. They had dominated the exchanges in the seven minutes since half-time. Pa(...)

The GPA has released a statement  urging Tyrone’s footballers to put their health first ahead of the All-Ireland semi-final clash with Kerry. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The Gaelic Players Association has released a statement urging Tyrone’s footballers to put their health first, after preparations for the All-Ireland (...)

The transition of Mayo under James Horan has been both swift and successful. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When I look at Mayo now, my first thought is that you have to hand it to James Horan. When he came back on board as manager at the end of 2018, everyb(...)

Ciarán Kilkenny with Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor and Oisín Mullen: while some team-mates have struggled for their best form, Kilkenny remains reliable and still takes a lot of stopping on the big day in Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The championship has raced by. Suddenly we are in mid-August and the contest has been a straightforward sideshow to establish the usual suspects. Most(...)

Tom Parsons: “The Gaelic family is talking a lot about the need to restructure our games and that in every other code there’s a tiered system. . . That’s one thing and the GPA has certainly fed into the task force and collaborated with the GAA on.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

New Gaelic Players Association (GPA) CEO Tom Parsons has spoken about the need to restructure the GAA’s football championship. He was speaking at Tues(...)

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