Brian Gavin appointed as All-Ireland senior hurling final referee

The Offaly man will take charge of the clash between Cork and Clare on September 8th.

Referee Brian Gavin.
Referee Brian Gavin.
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OFFALY MAN BRIAN Gavin will take charge of this year’s All-Ireland senior hurling final between Cork and Clare.

The teams meet in Croke Park on Sunday September 8th and it will be Gavin who will referee the game.

The GAA have confirmed the appointment this afternoon and it will mark Gavin’s second time in charge of an All-Ireland final.

The experienced referee previously took charge of the meeting of Kilkenny and Tipperary in 2011 and unusually he was injured in that game when he was accidentally struck by Tommy Walsh when players from both sides clashed.

Gavin is a highly experienced whistler and has taken charge of high-profile matches already in this summer’s championship.

He was in charge when Limerick defeated Tipperary in June’s Munster semi-final tie in the Gaelic Grounds and when Kilkenny defeated Tipperary in their All-Ireland qualifier clash in Nowlan Park in July.

Gavin was also the referee for the All-Ireland quarter-final clash of Galway and Clare in Semple Stadium in July.

The standby referee for the senior game is Westmeath’s James McGrath with Tipperary’s Johnny Ryan the linesman and the sideline official will be Wexford’s James Owens.

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Meanwhile the All-Ireland minor hurling final between Galway and Waterford will be refereed by Cork’s Cathal McAllister.


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