Referee, educator, gay rights activist, Chair of Cumman na mBunscoil, David Gough is a man of many parts and we were delighted to welcome him to the Sport for Business virtual studio for a chat about each of them.

On Being Gay in the GAA

“It is a much safer, more inclusive and more tolerant Association now than it used to be.”

“The GAA is a very traditional organisation and it does take time.  It jumped forward quickly after Pride.  They may have bypassed some things that should have been done and we are going back now to fix some of those.”

On the impact of COVID-19 on education

“We don’t know the guidelines on teaching practice yet, whether trainee teachers will be accommodated within classrooms in September. Lecturing has moved in part to the online environment and we will all need help to get that right.”

“We had to cancel our Hurling Leagues and our athletics at Morton Stadium in the Allianz Cumman na mBunscoil at the end of the last school year.  It is a very important time for young children and an opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime.”

On last year’s All Ireland Football Final

“It’s great to look back on the day and be completely happy with how we performed as a set of match officials on the day.”

“I haven’t met Johnny Cooper since but I know he understands the reasons behind the decision to send him off.

On the return to play in the GAA

“Ireland is a nation that is sports mad and I think it was very important to get back to sport.”

“The thoughts of a Winter Championship and matches under lights on a Friday or Saturday night would really whet the appetite.