Video replays would help referees, says chairman

Referees taking charge of major GAA Championships in the past year would have been greatly assisted if they had access to video evidence, chairman Barry O'Brien stated at last week's annual convention of the County GAA Board.

Referees taking charge of major GAA Championships in the past year would have been greatly assisted if they had access to video evidence, chairman Barry O'Brien stated at last week's annual convention of the County GAA Board.

Mishaps that occurred in the All-Ireland senior football semi-final, when Benny Coulter scored a disputed goal for Down against Kildare, and the controversial goal that Meath scored against Louth in the Leinster senior football final would have been avoided if modern technology had been used, he stated.

A motion calling for the use of video technology to rule on controversial incidents during inter-county championship games was passed at last year's County Convention, but was subsequently defeated at Congress.

It had been brought before Convention by the chairman's club, Fr. Sheehy's, following the late penalty award to Kilkenny when they defeated Tipp in the 2009 All-Ireland senior hurling final.

Speaking at last week's convention at the Dome in Semple Stadium, Barry O'Brien said it had been a great year for the county but a difficult one for clubs. The success at inter-county level meant it was difficult for Tipperary to run its club championships. There was a resulting decrease in gate receipts (of just over €100,000) in the senior hurling championship because it had run late, and that was something that would need to be looked at in the future.

In the light of those difficulties the chairman urged clubs to "keep the faith" and said the County Board would look at ways to ensure that the championships ran more smoothly.

The chairman described the implementation of the five-year rule, where GAA officers are obliged to stand down after five years service, as "a drain on resources" that they could do without.

While the chairman should be changed every three years and nobody wanted people to stay for ever, other officers should be allowed to remain longer. People such as Jerry Ring, who had to step down this year as West Board secretary, still had a lot to offer the association and had all the time in the world for the job, now he had retired from his teaching job.

Mr. O'Brien said it was a great honour to be standing behind such a fine array of trophies won during the year.

Great appreciation was shown by all the juvenile clubs, schools, nursing homes and day centres that received the Liam McCarthy and other cups so well.

The chairman noted that the youngest and oldest people in society could welcome something and not be afraid to show their emotions, or look uncool.