Brian Gavin from Clara ... appointed as referee for this year's All-Ireland SHC final. Photo: www.gaa.ie
The GAA has confirmed the referees and match officials for the 2013 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior and Minor Championship finals on September 8 with Brian Gavin appointed to referee the Senior final.
The Offaly man will take charge of the all-Munster contest between Clare and Cork, while Cathal McAllister of Cork will officiate in the Electric Ireland Minor game between Galway and Waterford.
This will be Brian Gavin’s second senior assignment, having previously taken charge of the 2011 final between Kilkenny and Tipperary. The Clara clubman has also refereed the All-Ireland Minor Hurling final in 2004 and All-Ireland U21 Hurling final in 2006.
Matches on Brian’s CV in 2013 include Clare’s outing against Galway in the Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final and the Munster Senior Hurling Championship clash between Limerick and Tipperary.
Westmeath’s James McGrath will be the standby referee with Johnny Ryan (Tipperary) as the other linesman and the sideline official will be James Owens (Wexford).
Brian’s umpires on the day will be Michael Gavin, David Gavin, William Flynn (all Clara) and PJ Lawlor (Ferbane/Belmont).
There has been huge controversy in relation to referring decisions this season, so Gavin's performance will come under huge scrutiny.
Cathal McAllister, who will be officiating the Minor match, is a member of the Aghada club in Cork and also has All-Ireland final experience having refereed the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final in 2009 and AIB GAA All Ireland Club Hurling Final in 2010.
Limerick’s Shane Hourigan will be the standby referee, the other linesman is Eamonn Hassan (Derry) and the sideline official will be David Copps (Cork).
Sunday September 8th
GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final
An Clár v Corcaigh, Páirc an Chrócaigh, 15.30
Referee: Brian Gavin (Uíbh Fhailí)
Stand-by: James McGrath (An Iarmhí)
Linesman: Johnny Ryan (Tiobraid Árann)
Sideline: James Owens (Loch Garman)
Michael Gavin, David Gavin, William Flynn (all Clara) and PJ Lawlor (Ferbane/Belmont).
Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final
Gaillimh v Port Láirge, Páirc an Chrócaigh, 13.15
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)
Std By: Shane Hourigan (Luimneach)
Linesman: Eamonn Hassan (Doire)
Sideline: David Copps (Corcaigh)
Dan Looney (Ballinacurra), Bernard Butler, Denis Crowley and Shane McAllister (all Midleton).