Maggie Farrelly: Game changer


By Shaun Casey LIKE most people in the profession, Maggie Farrelly stumbled upon refereeing almost by accident. She took up the whistle to help her club, while still playing and coaching, and hasn’t looked back since. Cavan GAA were enforcing a rule that all clubs must provide a referee or their senior team would lose […]


GAA set to conduct independent review into Down SFC saga


THE GAA at central level is set to conduct an independent investigation into the events relating to the appointment of a referee for last Sunday’s Down Senior Football Championship final between Kilcoo and Burren. Kilco objected to the initial appointment of Paul Faloon as referee, bringing the matter to the DRA last weekend. While the […]


Rule of the week: The ball on the ground


A RECENT addition to Gaelic Life is the Rule of the Week and here is this week’s example. By Michael McMullan MAYO fans were on their feet. Jordan Flynn rifled a close-range shot to the net in the first half of Sunday’s defeat to Dublin. But it didn’t count. At the time, it appeared a […]


Rule of the Week: On the bounce


A RECENT addition to Gaelic Life is the Rule of the Week and here is this week’s example. By Michael McMullan WITH the clock ticking in stoppage time at the end of Cork’s win over Roscommon in Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC preliminary quarter-final the sides were level. More importantly, Roscommon were in possession. Had they engineered […]


Rule of the Week: A different penalty


A NEW addition to Gaelic Life is the Rule of the Week and here is the first instance. By Michael McMullan IN recent weeks, there has been confusion over the cynical foul, goalscoring chances and penalties awarded for fouls outside the penalty area. In Kerry’s win over Cork Paul Geaney was awarded a penalty by […]


Running the rule – a look at some misunderstood rules


By Michael McMullan THE season never stops, but it’s now in full flow. Week after week, the pitches of Ireland are buzzing with action at all ages and levels. Central to it all are the rules of the game but it’s not without its complications, differing opinions and the frustrations that come with it. In […]


Ulster GAA provides health checks for referees


ULSTER GAA teamed up with partners, the Ulster Independent Clinic and Cathedral Eye Clinic, at the Tyrone GAA Centre in Garvaghey recently to provide its Provincial Referees Panel with comprehensive health checks for the season ahead. The medical checks offered our football and hurling referees a valuable indication of their current health and provided information […]


McNally calls for GAA to learn from Rugby’s culture of respecting refs


Well-known whistler Martin McNally says that the GAA could take a leaf out of rugby’s book when it comes to respecting referees. Shaun Casey writes… THE GAA held a national Respect the Referee Day last weekend to raise awareness of the respect and support that our match officials deserve. Monaghan native Martin McNally, who took […]


Ulster referees on final duty in Canada


THREE Ulster referees took change of the concluding stages of the Canada GAA finals at the weekend. All three were involved in the quarter and semi-final stages before being on duty on finals’ day. Derry’s Alan Nash took charge of both the senior and intermediate hurling finals. Siobhan Coyle (Donegal) was in the middle for […]