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Tipperary native Fergal Horgan appointed as All-Ireland hurling final referee

“I’m looking forward to it massively, it’s the pinnacle of every referee’s career to do the All-Ireland,” Horgan said.

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THE GAA HAVE announced that Tipperary’s Fergal Horgan will take charge of the All-Ireland SHC final between Galway and Waterford.

It will be Horgan’s first time to referee a senior final but he did officiate the 2014 All-Ireland minor hurling final and the All-Ireland intermediate hurling decider in 2015.

So far this year, the 38-year-old was the man in the middle for the Munster SHC final between Cork and Clare and the All-Ireland club hurling final between Cuala and Ballyea.

“I’m looking forward to it massively, it’s the pinnacle of every referee’s career to do the All-Ireland,” Horgan told GAA.ie.

“I’m delighted to get it and I’ll prepare for it the same as I always do and treat it with the respect it deserves.”

His most recent game in the hurling championship was Waterford’s All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Wexford in Pairc Ui Chaoimh last month.

He sent off Deise defender Tadhg de Burca during that game for interfering with the helmet of Wexford’s Harry Kehoe.

During his playing days Horgan won an All-Ireland minor hurling title with the Premier County in 1996.

Cork’s Colm Lyons has been named as linesman and standby referee for the 4 September clash, with Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow) on the other line. The sideline official will be Johnny Murphy (Limerick).

Horgan’s umpires will be John Ryan (Cashel King Cormacs) Paul Ryan, Mick Butler, and Sean Bradshaw (all Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams).

The GAA also confirmed that Sean Cleere of Kilkenny will officiate the All-Ireland minor final between Galway and Cork.

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