Wexford’s James Owens to referee Limerick v Galway All-Ireland Final

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2 June 2018; Referee James Owens issues the yellow card to Mark Coleman of Cork and Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 3 match between Cork and Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
2 June 2018; Referee James Owens issues the yellow card to Mark Coleman of Cork and Graeme Mulcahy of Limerick during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 3 match between Cork and Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Wexford’s James Owens to referee Limerick v Galway All-Ireland Final

It has been confirmed this afternoon that James Owens of Wexford will be the man in the middle for Limerick’s All-Ireland Hurling Final with Galway at Croke Park on August 19.

Owens has refereed Limerick twice during the Munster Hurling Championship – their draw with Cork in Pairc Ui Chaoimh and their defeat to Clare in Ennis. The Askamore clubman sent off Limerick players in both those games.

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It will be the Wexford native’s second All-Ireland Final having previously taken charge of Galway v Kilkenny in 2015. Last year’s All-Ireland Final referee, Tipperary’s Fergal Horgan is the standby referee.

Elsewhere, Ballylanders clubman and former Limerick inter county footballer, Johnny Murphy will officiate in the Minor All-Ireland Final between Kilkenny and Galway. This season has been Murphy’s first on the elite panel of inter county referees.

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