When Kilkenny meet Galway in Croke Park on Sunday 6 September they’ll be doing so under the watchful eye of Wexford native James Owens as he takes charge of his first All-Ireland final.
He will be familiar to Ballyhale Shamrocks fans having refereed the All-Ireland senior club final in 2015, along with the senior hurling semi-finals of 2013 and 2014 respectively.
He has already overseen Galway in action in this year’s All-Ireland senior hurling quarter final against Cork while he was in the centre of the park for Kilkenny’s clash with Clare in round 5 of this year’s hurling league. The GAA have announced that the Askamore clubman will be joined by umpires John Clarke, James Dunbar and David Owens of Askamore along with Marshalstown’s Ian Plunkett.
Carlow will also have representation in Croke Park for the minor encounter between Tipperary and Galway as Palatine clubman Paud O’Dwyer has been appointed referee for the minor hurling final along with Palatine’s Tommy Fitzharris, John Kelly, Gerry O’Neill and Paul Treacy as umpires.