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A familiar face will referee the All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary

The Offaly native will be in charge for a fourth time in the September showpiece.

Referee Brian Gavin with Kilkenny's Colin Fennelly and Tipperary's Padraic Maher during the 2014 final replay.
Referee Brian Gavin with Kilkenny's Colin Fennelly and Tipperary's Padraic Maher during the 2014 final replay.
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THERE’LL BE A familiar face to the hurlers of Kilkenny and Tipperary in charge of the All-Ireland senior hurling final on 4 September.

Offaly’s Brian Gavin has been appointed to referee the game between the Cats and the Premier in Croke Park.

It will be the third time that Clara native Gavin will have presided over an All-Ireland senior final between the two counties.

He was in charge of the 2011 decider which Kilkenny won by 2-17 to 1-16 and the 2014 final replay when Brian Cody’s side triumphed by 2-17 to 2-14.

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The other All-Ireland final that he refereed was the 2013 drawn game between Clare and Cork.

Gavin was also referee for the 2004 All-Ireland minor hurling final between Galway and Kilkenny, and the 2006 All-Ireland U21 hurling final which was contested by Kilkenny and Tipperary.

In 2016, Gavin has been the man in the middle for:

  • Leinster SHC semi-final: Kilkenny 1-25 Dublin 0-16
  • Munster SHC final: Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13
  • All-Ireland SHC quarter-final: Galway 2-17 Clare 0-17

Westmeath’s Barry Kelly will be the standby referee with Colm Lyons (Cork) as the other linesman and the sideline official will be John Keane (Galway).

The umpires on the day will be Michael Gavin, David Gavin, William Flynn (all Clara) and PJ Lawlor (Ferbane/Belmont).

Wicklow’s John Keenan will be the referee for the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling final between Limerick and Tipperary. Carlow’s Paud O’Dwyer will be the standby referee, the other linesman is Colum Cunning (Antrim) and the sideline official will be Gearoid McGrath (Wexford).

Keenan’s umpires on the day will be Liam Keenan Snr, Tom Keenan (both Aughrim), Eddie Leonard (St. Patrick’s GAA Wicklow) and Tommy Redmond (Tinahely).

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