Cork's Kirwan to referee All-Ireland SHC final

The GAA has confirmed that the All-Ireland senior hurling final between Limerick and Kilkenny at Croke Park on September 2 will be refereed by Diarmuid Kirwan of Cork.

The GAA has confirmed that the All-Ireland senior hurling final between Limerick and Kilkenny at Croke Park on September 2 will be refereed by Diarmuid Kirwan of Cork.

A native of Offaly, Kirwan played hurling and football with Ballyskenagh but has been living in Cork for a number of years where he has played hurling at junior and intermediate levels with Erin's Own in Ovens.

On the inter-county refereeing panel since 2000, he refereed the All-Ireland minor final in 2002 and four years later, he was in charge of the National Hurling League final and the Leinster SHC final.

This year he has already taken charge of the AIB All Ireland club hurling final between Ballyhale Shamrocks and Loughrea, the National Hurling League semi-final between Kilkenny and Wexford and the first Munster hurling championship semi-final between Tipperary and Limerick.

Kirwan's team of match officials for the September 2 decider were also confirmed. Barry Kelly (Westmeath) will be the stand-by referee and linesman, Michael Wadding of Waterford will also act as linesman and the sideline official will be Cavan's Brendan Sweeney.

The minor final between Tipperary and Cork will be refereed by Wexford's James Owens.

Owens has been refereeing since 1998 and has been in charge of county finals in both football and hurling. Earlier this year he was on duty in an All-Ireland club junior semi -inal and also refereed in the National Leagues.

Last year, he took charge of the Leinster minor hurling final and earlier this month was the man in the middle for the Cork v Galway All-Ireland minor hurling quarter-final. He will be joined by Fergus Smith of Meath, who will be the stand-by referee), Down's Declan Magee (linesman) and sideline official Fergus Devereux (Kildare).

The GAA has also confirmed that the All Ireland Intermediate hurling final will be refereed by Eamonn Morris of Dublin.

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