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Eddie Kinsella to referee Kerry and Donegal in the All-Ireland senior football final

Fergal Kelly of Longford will take charge of the minor game.

Courtwood club man Eddie Kinsella will take charge of the final.
Courtwood club man Eddie Kinsella will take charge of the final.
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THE GAA HAVE confirmed Eddie Kinsella will referee the All-Ireland senior football final between Kerry and Donegal on 21 September.

The Laois will take charge of the senior contest while Fergal Kelly of Longford will officiate in the minor game between Donegal and Kerry.

This will be Eddie Kinsella’s first senior assignment having previously taken charge of the All-Ireland minor final in 2009. He has also officiated the All-Ireland U21 final in 2011, and the AIB All-Ireland senior club final in 2014 between St. Vincent’s (Dublin) and Castlebar Mitchells (Mayo).

In this year’s football championship, Eddie has refereed the All-Ireland senior quarter-final between Kerry and Galway, the Round 3B qualifier between Roscommon and Armagh, Roscommon and Mayo’s Connacht semi-Final and and the Ulster quarter-final meeting of Monaghan and Tyrone.

His umpires on the day will be Arthur O’Connor, Alan O’Halloran, Pat Connell and Niall Murphy (all Courtwood). Sligo’s Marty Duffy will be the standby referee. The other linesman is Padraig Hughes (Armagh), while the sideline official will be Rory Hickey (Clare).

Minor

Fergal Kelly, who will be officiating the minor match, is a member of the Ballymahon club.

In this year’s football championship Fergal has refereed the Connacht quarter-final between London and Galway, the meeting of Cork and Tipperary in the Munster semi-final and the qualifier between Sligo and Limerick.

His umpires on the day will be Paul Kelly and Phelim Kelly (both Ballymahon), Patrick Maguire (St. Mary’s, Granard) and Tomás O’Rourke (Longford Slashers).

Wicklow’s Anthony Nolan will be the standby referee, the other linesman is Jerome Henry (Mayo) and the sideline official will be James Molloy (Galway).

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