Sean refereed two All-Ireland SHC finals

February 06, 2018

Referee Sean O'Connor blows the full time whistle during the 1969 All Ireland SHC final between Kilkenny and Cork at Croke Park

Late Limerick GAA stalwart Sean O'Connor had the honour of refereeing two All-Ireland senior hurling finals.

The Claughaun clubman was the man in the middle for the 1969 decider between Kilkenny and Cork, and was back at HQ six years later to officiate over the meeting of Kilkenny and Galway. The Cats prevailed on both occasions reports the Limerick Leader.

Sean will be remembered as an outstanding referee, hurler and administrator who made his mark at club, county and national levels. He took charge of the 1973 All-Ireland MHC decider and oversaw a total of 22 Munster finals in the various grades.

He represented Limerick at minor level in both football and hurling and was on the Treaty County senior hurling squad from 1957 until 1959. Father of former Limerick hurler Leo O'Connor, Sean collected four county SHC medals with Claughaun and served his county as a senior selector.



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