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Football Review Committee 2024/2025

Football Review Committee 

Football Review Committee 


The Football Review Committee are seeking your views and ask that you complete the following survey:

Football Review Committee Survey

Suirbhé Choiste Athbhreithnithe na Peile, CLG

To contact the Football Review Committee further please email frc@gaa.ie


  • This Football Review emanates from the Strategic Plan Aontas 2026 in its vision statement ‘to be a sustainable community-based and volunteer led association where as many as possible, participate in Gaelic games and culture, for as long as possible’.
  • The Key Focus Area within the Plan is ‘Providing the best possible games experience for players and spectators’ (1 Games)
  • The Vision Description is ‘Gaelic Games will be the most enjoyable amateur games in the world to play and watch’

Terms of Reference / Tearmaí Tagartha

  1. Evaluate the current rules and regulations of Gaelic football, including their application and enforcement, to identify potential areas for modification or enhancement that could contribute to a more exciting and dynamic viewing experience.
  2. Examine the pacing and flow of Gaelic football matches, considering options to maintain a balance between tradition and introducing innovations that could increase the overall entertainment value for spectators.
  3. Examine the previous reviews of Gaelic football which have been undertaken by the association as well as the work of the Standing Committee on Playing Rules.
  4. Explore possibilities for adjusting scoring systems or introducing new elements that could encourage more strategic and engaging gameplay, aiming to captivate the audience and create memorable moments.
  5. Engage with players, coaches, officials, and fans to gather diverse perspectives on the current state of Gaelic football and to identify potential changes that align with both the spirit of the game and the desire for a more entertaining spectator experience.
  6. Examine the motions which have been submitted for Congress 2025 with a view towards gauging the landscape of change and incorporating some of them into the new blueprint for Gaelic football which will emerge from the group’s deliberations and research.
  7. Consider a coaching and games template which may be required depending on the proposals emanating from the review process.
  8. Present an interim report for consideration by Ardchomhairle with a view for full discussion and ratification in 2025.

Football Review Committee Members

Jim Gavin (Chairperson) – Round Towers GAA, Clondakin - Dublin

A member of Round Towers GAA Club, Clondalkin, Dublin, Jim learnt to play Gaelic games in the local street leagues (coached by his father Jimmy) representing The 9th Lock, in Clonburris National Primary School and in Moyle Park College. He represented his club in hurling and football at all grades. Played Minor, U21 and Senior inter-county football with Dublin and later coached and managed Dublin U21 and Senior football teams. Currently coaches Ballyboden St Enda’s U16 Football and Hurling teams.

James Horan – Ballintubber GAA - Mayo

James Horan is a former Mayo Senior Player and Manager who has had a successful 8-year tenure leading the Mayo Senior team to 6 Connaught titles. He holds a master's in management coaching, a Bachelor of Science, and a Diploma in professional management. With experience coaching teams such as Ballintubber, Westport, and Turloughmore, Horan has displayed his versatile coaching abilities across both football and hurling. A double all-star, he has also contributed to the Mayo U20 team and mentors’ various high-performance teams and athletes. Horan's on-field and off-field achievements underline his expertise and dedication to sports.

Michael Murphy – Glenswilly GAA - Donegal

Michael is a member of the Glenswilly GAA club and former Senior Inter-county Gaelic Footballer with Donegal for 16 seasons 2007-2022. Was part of the Donegal teams that achieved 2012 All Ireland success and 5 Ulster Senior Football Championship. Captained Ireland in the Compromise Rules series in 2013 and 2014.

Studied a BSc. in Physical Education with Biology in DCU and a MSc. in Sport and Exercise Psychology in UUJ. Currently work as Head of Sport at Atlantic Technological University Donegal.

Colm Nally – Newtown Blues GAA - Louth

Colm, an employee of the Department of foreign Affairs, is a seasoned coach with over 20 years’ experience coaching both club and county. He has spent many years coaching juvenile and adult teams with his local club Newtown Blues in Drogheda.

He started his football career playing with O’Dwyers in Balbriggan, then moved to Drogheda where he played for Newtown Blues winning 3 Senior County Championships & 2 of which he captained. He has represented both Dublin & Louth at county level.

He coached the Louth senior footballers for two years, Meath senior footballers for four years. Colm is a Master Tutor for the GAA & Sport Ireland. He is currently a coach with the Kildare senior footballers.

Colm Collins – Cratloe GAA - Clare

A native of Kilmihil in Co. Clare. Attended St. Flannans College secondary school & did B.Ed. in Mary Immaculate College. Played & managed at all levels in Kilmihil. Involved in coaching since age of 19. Played for Clare club in New York. Got involved with the development squads. Coached 14s, 15s, 16s, & 17s. Managed minors & 21s. Appointed Clare Senior football manager in 2014 & did that job for 10 years. Currently manager of his adopted club Cratloe’s senior football team & has been in that job for the last 15 years. He is also involved in underage coaching in the club.

Shane Flanagan – Johnstownbridge GAA - Kildare

Shane Flanagan is the GAA's Director of Coaching and Games Development with responsibility for leading the strategic direction of games development at all levels of the Association. He joined the GAA in 2004 as Policy and Planning Officer, having worked at Meteor Mobile Communications as Site Acquisition and Property Officer. After this he was Provincial Games Manager and Operations Manager for Leinster Council GAA between 2006-2020. He has served on numerous central committees. A native of Johnstownbridge in Co. Kildare where he played for over 20 years that also included Trench Cup with Mary Immaculate Limerick, Sigerson with Maynooth University and Under 21 with Kildare. He has coached at underage and senior level with his club.

Patrick Doherty – The Downs GAA - Westmeath

Patrick Doherty played hurling and football in Westmeath for his clubs, Delvin and The Downs, and represented the county in underage grades in both codes. He was a member of the Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar team which won the Leinster Colleges' senior football championship in 1983, and won a Freshers' Football title and Trench Cup medal with Sligo R.T.C. He was PRO of the Westmeath County Board for seven years.

He is a Chartered Accountant and worked in practice and industry up to 2008, before a change in career when he became GAA National Match Officials Manager and is currently Head of Operations for Westmeath GAA, a position he was appointed to in 2019.He completed an MSc in Sport Management in UCD in 2020.

Éamonn Fitzmaurice – Fingue GAA - Kerry

Éamonn Fitzmaurice is from Kerry, is married to Tina and has two children Faye and Rian. He is a secondary school principal in Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Dingle. He played club football with Finuge and hurling with Lixnaw. He represented Kerry at all levels winning All Irelands at minor, under 21 and senior level. He managed Kerry to All Ireland success, having also served as a selector. He is currently coaching Fossa and various school teams. He is a football analyst with The Irish Examiner and RTÉ.

Alec McQuillan – Con Magees Glenravel GAC - Antrim

Alec McQuillan is a member of Con Magees Glenravel GAC in Co. Antrim. He played Senior County football for Antrim from 1979 to 1990 and continued playing for the club until 2010. He has been involved in coaching and managing teams at youth and adult level. He was a member of the Antrim County Board from 2015 to 2018, as a delegate to Ulster Council, and He is currently a member of the Ulster GAA Hearings Committee. In the context of the Playing Rules, he was a member of the Standing Committee on the Playing Rules from 2018 - 2023.

Malachy O’Rourke – Derrylin O’Connells - Fermanagh

Malachy O’Rourke was Head of PE in St Joseph’s College, Enniskillen. He played with his native Derrylin O’Connell’s, winning 2 Intermediate Championships; won a Sigerson Cup with St Mary’s University College, Belfast; and 2 Championships with Errigal Ciaran. He played Intercounty football with Fermanagh for 15 years.

He managed Fermanagh for 3 years, leading them to their first Ulster Final in 26 years. He then managed Monaghan for 7 years, taking them from Division 3 to Division 1 and winning two Ulster titles in 2013 and 2015. At Club level, he has won 6 Senior County titles across Tyrone, Cavan and Derry; alongside 3 Ulster Club titles with Loup (2003) and Watty Graham’s, Glen (2022 & 2023) and an All-Ireland Club title with Glen in January 2024.

Michael Meaney – Old Leighlin GAA - Carlow

Michael is a member of Old Leighlin GAA in Carlow, having served in a variety of roles within the club, including Club Secretary to Club Chairperson. Representing Carlow as their delegate on Central Council, and a former member of the GAA Management Committee, Michael has also served as Carlow GAA Chairperson, and Treasurer.

Outside of his endeavours with the GAA, Michale has over 40 years’ experience in construction related industries and is Company Director of Stoneworld Limited and Eco Window Concepts Limited.

Additionally, Michael has also served as a Director & Chair of Leighlinbridge Housing Association, which is a Voluntary Approved Housing Body.

Séamus Kenny (Runaí) – Simonstown Gaels GFC - Meath

Séamus is a member of the Simonstown Gaels club in Navan and a former Inter County footballer with Meath for 14 years. He has coached at various level in his Club from underage to adult. Séamus is the National Participation and Programmes manager for the GAA and has served on various National Committees for the Association.