Offaly referee Brian Gavin will take charge of the All-Ireland SHC Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary on the 4th of September. The Clara man has received the nod to referee his fourth All-Ireland Final and is certainly one of the best in the country.
Gavin took charge of the 2011 All Ireland Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary, with Brian Cody’s charges coming out 4 point winners, 2-17 to 1-16. He also took charge of the 2014 All Ireland Final Replay between the sides, a game which Kilkenny also won 2-17 to 2-14. In addition to the games between Kilkenny and Tipperary the Offaly man also refereed the 2013 All Ireland Final between Clare and Cork, a game in which also ended in a draw 3-16 to 0-25.
Gavin’s linesmen for the 4th of September showdown will be Westmeath’s Barry Kelly and Cork’s Colm Lyons. John Keane from Galway will be the sideline official. The four umpires on the day will be Michael Gavin, David Gavin, William Flynn and PJ Lawlor.
The referee for the minor decider between Tipperary and Limerick will be Aughrim’s and Wicklow’s John Keenan. Paud O’Dwyer from Carlow and Antrim’s Colum Cunning will be the linesmen, while Gearoid McGrath from Wexford will be the sideline official.
Speaking to GAA.ie Gavin commenting on his appointment of referee said “I’m absolutely thrilled, it’s a great honour, not just for me, but for the umpires that work with me’.
The final will be Gavin’s fourth in six years and we wish him the best of luck.