Owens to referee All-Ireland SHC final

August 07, 2018

Referee James Owens.
©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

James Owens will take charge of the 2018 All-Ireland senior hurling championship final between Galway and Limerick at Croke Park on August 19th.

It will be his second senior All-Ireland final, the Wexford man having previously taken charge of the 2015 Liam MacCarthy Cup decider between Kilkenny and Galway.

So far this year, the Askamore clubman - who refereed the 2007 All-Ireland MHC final and 2008 U21 decider - has overseen five senior hurling championship matches.

He was the man in the middle for two of Limerick's Munster round-robin matches - against Cork and Clare - and also refereed the Tribesmen twice - the drawn semi-final against Clare and the replayed Leinster SHC final win over Kilkenny. He took charge of the Kilkenny V Offaly Leinster clash too.

His umpires on Sunday week will be James Dunbar and David Owens (both Askamore), Joe Kelly (Naomh Éanna) and Ian Plunkett (Marshalstown). Tipperary's Fergal Horgan is the standby referee. The other linesman is Sean Cleere (Kilkenny) and the sideline official will be Patrick Murphy (Carlow).

Meanwhile, Johnny Murphy from Limerick will officiate over the minor game between Galway and Kilkenny. The Ballylanders clubman has refereed two Leinster SHC fixtures this year - Offaly v Galway and Wexford v Galway. His umpires on the day will be Mike Meade, James Hickey, Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Kieran O'Callaghan (all Ballylanders).  Cork's Diarmuid Kirwan will be the standby referee, the other linesman is Sean Stack (Dublin) and the sideline Official will be Thomas Walsh (Waterford).

19.08.2018 (Sun)

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final
Gaillimh v Luimneach
Páirc an Chrócaigh, 15.30  
Referee:    James Owens (Loch Garman)            
Stand By:    Fergal Horgan (Tiobraid Árann)             
Linesman:    Sean Cleere (Cill Chainnigh)                 
Sideline:    Patrick Murphy (Ceatharlach)     
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:    Johnny Murphy (Luimneach)
Stand By:    Diarmuid Kirwan (Corcaigh)
Linesman:    Sean Stack (Áth Cliath)
Sideline:    Thomas Walsh (Port Láirge)
Umpires:    Mike Meade, James Hickey, Jimmy Barry-Murphy and Kieran O'Callaghan (all Ballylanders).

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