A general view of Croke Park. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
A general view of Croke Park. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

CHC press release

Hearing 1 of 1: Liam Ó Cathail | Liam Cahill

Defending Party: Liam Ó Cathail | Tiobraid Árann

Competition: Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship

Fixture: Tiobraid Árann v Luimneach

Venue: FBD Semple Stadium

Data: 21ú Bealtaine

An Lár Choiste Cheannais na gComortaisí took Disciplinary Action against Liam Ó Cathail, alleging a breach of Riail 7.2 (c), Category II (a), T.O. 2023, that is to say, “Abusive language towards a linesman”.

Liam Ó Cathail requested a Hearing which took place on 25ú Bealtaine 2023. An Lár Choiste Éisteachta (Central Hearings Committee) found the Infraction not proven, and so no penalty is imposed.

Having considered all the evidence provided and the submissions made on behalf of both parties, it was the decision of An Lár Choiste Éisteachta that the evidence presented by Liam Ó Cathail did contradict the Referee’s Report.

This Decision was taken pursuant to Rialacha 7.2, 7.3 T.O. 2023.

Disciplinary Process Explained


1. Disciplinary Action is commenced by the Central Competitions Control Committee

2. The Central Competitions Control Committee prepares a charge and notifies the Defending Party of the alleged infraction. (It also offers him the option of accepting a proposed penalty, without a Hearing).

Hearing (Hearings Committee)

3. The Defending Party can request a Hearing rather than accept the charge (and the proposed penalty).

4. The Hearings Committee (decision makers) decide whether the alleged infraction is proven. If it is proven, they impose a penalty.

Appeal (Appeals Committee)

5. If the Defending Party is not willing to accept the decision of the Hearings Committee and any penalty imposed, then he can appeal to the Appeals Committee.

6. The Appeal is heard by the Appeals Committee. The Appeal can only be successful where there has been a clear infringement or misapplication of Rule by the Hearings Committee or the Appellants right to a fair hearing has otherwise been compromised to such extent that a clear injustice has occurred. All avenues of appeal are now exhausted.

Arbitration (Disputes Resolution Authority)

7. If the Defending Party is still not willing to accept the imposed penalty, a request for Arbitration may be lodged with the DRA (Disputes Resolution Authority), an external Independent Body whose decisions are legally binding