The GAA has confirmed the referees and match officials for the 2019 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior and Minor Championship finals on August 18. James Owens is confirmed as the referee for the Senior Final, while Patrick Murphy from Carlow will officiate in the Electric Ireland Minor Final between Galway and Kilkenny.
Owens from Wexford will take charge of the All-Ireland Senior Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary in what will be James’ third Senior Final having previously refereed the 2018 Final between Limerick and Galway and the 2015 final between Kilkenny and Galway.
James, who is a member of the Askamore club, has also refereed the All-Ireland Minor Final in 2007, All-Ireland Under 21 final in 2008 and the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Final in 2015.
In this year’s Hurling Championship, James has refereed the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final between Cork and Kilkenny and two Munster championship games between Clare v Limerick and Waterford v Clare.
His umpires on the day will be James Dunbar and David Owens (both Askamore), Joe Kelly (Naomh Éanna) and Ian Plunkett (Marshalstown).
Carlow’s Paud O’Dwyer will be the standby referee. The other linesman is Johnny Murphy (Limerick) and the Sideline official will be Liam Gordon (Galway).
Patrick Murphy, who will be officiating for the Electric Ireland Minor Final, is a member of the Ballinkillen club.
In this year’s hurling championship, Patrick has refereed a preliminary quarter-final Senior Hurling Championship fixture – Westmeath v Cork and in the Joe McDonagh Cup, Laois v Westmeath.
His umpires on the day will be Paddy Murphy (Snr) PJ Farrell, Francie Dowling and Jason Curran (all Ballinkillen).
Tipperary’s Fergal Horgan will be the standby referee, the other linesman will be Johnny Ryan (Tipperary) and the Sideline Official will be Thomas Walsh (Waterford).
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final
Cill Chainnigh v Tiobraid Árann RTÉ/SKY Sports
Páirc an Chrócaigh, 15.30
Referee: James Owens (Loch Garman)
Stand By: Paud O Dwyer (Ceatharlach)
Linesman: Johnny Murphy (Luimneach)
Sideline: Liam Gordon (Gaillimh)
Umpires: James Dunbar, David Owens (both Askamore), Joe Kelly (Naomh Éanna) and Ian Plunkett (Marshalstown).
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Final
Gaillimh v Cill Chainnigh TG4
Páirc an Chrócaigh, 13.00
Referee: Patrick Murphy (Ceatharlach)
Stand By: Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)
Linesman: Johnny Ryan (Tiobraid Árann)
Sideline: Thomas Walsh (Port Láirge)
Umpires: Paddy Murphy (snr), PJ Farrell, Francie Dowling and Jason Curran, all (Ballinkillen).Tweet