It’s good news for two local match officials who will be officiating on All Ireland Hurling Final Day.
Sean Cleere from O’Loughlin Gaels will referee the All Ireland Minor Hurling Final at Croke Park between Cork and Galway.
Meanwhile Palatine man Paud O’Dwyer will also be involed on All Ireland Final Day.
Dwyer refereed the Minor Final in 2015 and this time he will act as Linesman for the All Ireland Senior Final, with Fergal Horgan appointed as the man in the middle.
This will be Fergal Horgan’s first Senior Final assignment. The Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams clubman has refereed the All-Ireland Minor Hurling final in 2014, All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling final in 2015 and All-Ireland Senior Club Final in 2017.
Matches on Fergal’s CV in 2017 include Munster Senior Hurling Final between Cork and Limerick, Leinster Senior Hurling Semi-Final involving Wexford and Kilkenny, the
Quarter-Final clash between Kilkenny and Waterford, as well as the Senior Club Final on the 17th March between Cuala and Ballyea.
In 2017 Sean Cleere has already refereed the Senior Club Semi-Final between St Thomas and Ballyea, Allianz Hurling League games between Cork and Dublin & Kerry and Offaly, the Leinster Hurling Championship clash between Meath and Kerry & Westmeath and Offaly.
Sean has also refereed the All-Ireland U21 Final in 2016 between Waterford and Galway.
Sean’s umpires on the day will be Mick Nolan, Colman Loughnane, Seamie Cummins and Bryan Skehan (all O’Loughlin Gaels).