• The GAA has confirmed its panels of referees for the 2018 Championship in Hurling and Gaelic Football.

    Two new referees have been included on the Championship panel - Monaghan's Martin McNally (Football) and Limerick’s Johnny Murphy (Hurling).

    Sligo official Marty Duffy (Football) and Offaly’s Brian Gavin (Hurling) retired from the panel at the end of 2017.

    Rory Hickey (Clare) was not considered for the football panel due to injury while Barry Kelly (Westmeath) has stepped down from hurling refereeing this year. However, both will continue as linesmen in 2018.

    National Referees Development Chairman Willie Barrett was satisfied with how the Allianz Leagues unfolded in both codes.

    He said: “Obviously it is a very exciting time for the referees involved, but they would have been waiting with a lot of trepidation for the past fortnight to see who is on and who is not on the panel. It is an exciting time for the referees. Everyone is there on merit.”

    "We would be happy overall with the Leagues. Referees aren't going to get every decision 100% right, but we would be very happy in the review of the League with the overall performance of our referees in both Gaelic Football and Hurling. We had some excellent games in the League, we had two excellent Division One Finals and we believe they were all refereed exceptionally well."

    Barrett is also adamant that the panel has a nice mix of experienced and emerging officials.

    "We are a development committee so we have to develop referees: that is our job,' Barrett says.

    "It is very easy to pick the top seven or eight referees and to keep using them the whole time. You aren't developing referees then. We are a development committee, which is why we have the numbers we have. We put referees into big games as standby referees and linesman alongside experienced referees.

    “That is how you are going to develop referees, which has been our aim. We are happy we are doing that. We have a good mix of experience to go with the up and coming referees. We are very happy with the layout of our panels.”

    Four members of the Gaelic Football panel have refereed All Ireland Senior Finals previously - David Coldrick (3), Maurice Deegan (3), Joe McQuillan (3), and Conor Lane.

    Diarmuid Kirwan (2), James McGrath (2), Fergal Horgan and James Owens have all taken charge of All Ireland Senior Hurling Finals.


    The Referee and Linesman Panels for the 2018 Championship

    Football - Championship Panel of 18:

    Ciaran Branagan (An Dún)

    Barry Cassidy (Doire)

    David Coldrick (An Mhí)

    Niall Cullen (Fear Manach)

    Maurice Deegan (Laois)

    David Gough (An Mhí)

    Jerome Henry (Maigh Eo)

    Padraig Hughes (Ard Mhacha)

    Sean Hurson (Tír Eoghan)

    Fergal Kelly (An Longfort)

    Conor Lane (Corcaigh)

    Martin McNally (Muineachán)

    Joe McQuillan (An Cabhán)

    Noel Mooney (An Cabhán)

    Paddy Neilan (Ros Comáin)

    Anthony Nolan (Cill Mhantáin)

    Derek O'Mahony (Tiobraid Árann)

    Cormac Reilly (An Mhí)

    Football - Championship Linesman Panel of 8:

    James Bermingham (Corcaigh)

    Brendan Cawley (Cill Dara)

    Liam Devenney (Maigh Eo)

    Paul Faloon (An Dún)

    Sean Lonergan (Tiobraid Árann)

    James Molloy (Gaillimh)

    Padraig O’Sullivan (Ciarraí)

    Barry Tiernan (Áth Cliath)


    Hurling – Liam MacCarthy Championship panel of 10:

    Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)

    Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)

    John Keenan (Cill Mhantáin)

    Alan Kelly (Gaillimh)

    Diarmuid Kirwan (Corcaigh)

    Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)

    James McGrath (An Iarmhí)

    Johnny Murphy (Luimneach)

    Paud O'Dwyer (Ceatharlach)

    James Owens (Loch Garman)

    Hurling – Joe McDonagh Cup and Christy Ring Cup Panel of 16:

    Peter Burke (Cill Chainnigh)

    James Connors (Dún nan Gall)

    Colum Cunning (Aontroim)

    Alfie Devine (An Iarmhí)

    Liam Gordon (Gaillimh)

    Justin Heffernan (Loch Garman)

    David Hughes (Ceatharlach)

    Shane Hynes (Gaillimh)

    John Keane (Gaillimh)

    Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)

    Rory McGann (An Clár)

    Patrick Murphy (Ceatharlach)

    John O'Brien (Laois)

    Johnny Ryan (Tiobraid Árann)

    Sean Stack (Áth Cliath)

    Thomas Walsh (Port Láirge)


    Hurling – Nicky Rackard Cup and Lory Meagher Cup Panel:

    Kevin Brady (An Lú)

    James Clarke (An Cabhán)

    Aiden Ferguson (Fear Manach)

    Thomas Gleeson (Áth Cliath)

    Kevin McGeeney (Ros Comáin)

    Gearóid McGrath (Loch Garman)

    Chris Mooney (Áth Cliath)

    Gavin Quilty (Cill Chainnigh)

    Nathan Wall (Corcaigh)C.

  • The GAA are now facing a race against time to have any kind of Championship in 2020.

    It's reported today that provincial club championships may not see the light of day due to the freeze on the calendar.

  • Galway's Under-21 hurlers set up a mouthwatering semi final with Kilkenny in the Bord Gais Energy Leinster Championship last night.

    Evan Niland struck 9-points in a 1-20 to 8-point victory over Offaly at O'Connor Park last night.

    Dublin will face Wexford in the other semi final, following a 2-13 to 1-13 win over Westmeath in Mullingar.

  • The Gaelic Players Association are reported to have informed their players of the possibility there could be no GAA Championships this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    It is reported the GPA are set to be asked by the GAA to canvass their members over whether they would be in favour of playing matches behind closed doors if this was the only way of hosting the hurling and football championships.

    The GPA are believed to be in favour of a one month lead in time for their players to prepare for inter-county matches with no club activity for relevant players.

    Later today, the GAA will host a Special Congress where they are expected to sanction a Management Committee to make executive decisions around the calendar.

    Two motions are on the table.

    The first will discuss whether or not to hand over authority to the GAA's management committee.

    Should the first motion be passed then the second would allow the management committee make decisions on competition structures.

  • All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Round 3
    Kildare 0-21 
    Mayo 0-19

    Monaghan 1-19 
    Leitrim 0-9

  • All Ireland Minor A Championship Grp 1:
    Clare 3 13 Offaly 0 9

    All Ireland Minor A Championship Grp 2:
    Tipperary 3 14 Dublin 2 9

    All Ireland Minor B Championship Grp 1:
    Laois 4 14 Roscommon 1 4
    Meath 0 9 Kildare 2 2

    All Ireland Minor B Championship Grp 2:
    Derry 3 6 Westmeath 2 9

    All Ireland Minor C Championship:
    Wicklow 1 5 Mayo 4 7
    Kerry 0 11 Tyrone 2 9

  • The Sligo team to face London on Sunday has been named. There are championship debuts for Luke Nicholson and Liam Gaughan while Kevin McDonnell will captain the side for the first time in the championship. Cathal Henry also starts after returning to the panel after the league campaign.


    1 Aidan Devaney

    2 Ross Donovan

    3 Luke Nicholson

    4 Charles Harrison

    5 Gerard O’Kelly Lynch

    6 Adrian McIntyre

    7 Neil Ewing

    8 Kevin McDonnell (Capt)

    9 Niall Murphy

    10 Cathal Henry

    11 Cian Breheny

    12 Pat Hughes

    13 Liam Gaughan

    14 Adrian Marren

    15 Kyle Cawley

  • TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Group 1 - Round 3

    Sligo 2-13 Laois 1-13


    TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Group 3 - Round 3

    Down 3-5 Kildare 5-21


    TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Group 2 - Round 3

    Tyrone 7-17 Offaly 1-10


    TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Group 4 - Round 3

    Roscommon 4-17 Fermanagh 2-9


    TG4 All Ireland Intermediate Championship – Group 3 - Round 3

    Clare 5-11 Wexford 3-9


    TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship 2018


    TG4 All Ireland Junior Championship – Round 2 Group A

    Antrim 2-14 London 3-13


    TG4 All-Ireland Ladies IFC quarter-final pairings: 


    Sligo v Wicklow

    Tyrone v Wexford

    Clare v Meath

    Roscommon v Laois.