It’s Kelly again for the senior hurling final

Barry Kelly from Westmeath, who has officiated at three finals involving Kilkenny, will referee the All-Ireland senior hurling final against Tipperary on Sunday week, the GAA has confirmed.

Barry Kelly from Westmeath, who has officiated at three finals involving Kilkenny, will referee the All-Ireland senior hurling final against Tipperary on Sunday week, the GAA has confirmed.

Fergal Horgan of Tipperary will officiate in the minor game between Kilkenny and Limerick.

This will be Barry Kelly’s fourth senior assignment. He previously took charge of the 2012 final between Kilkenny and Galway; the 2008 final between Kilkenny and Waterford and the 2006 final between Kilkenny and Cork.

The St Oliver Plunkett’s clubman has also refereed the All-Ireland minor final in 2000, the All-Ireland under-21 final in 2004, the All-Ireland senior club final 2014 and 2004. He has also taken charge of three Leinster finals, one Munster final and one Ulster final.

In this year’s hurling championship, Barry has refereed the All-Ireland senior hurling championship quarter-final between Limerick and Wexford, the Leinster senior hurling final between Dublin and Kilkenny and the Munster semi-final meeting of Tipperary and Limerick.

His umpires will be Séamus O’Brien, Michael Coyle (both St Oliver Plunkett’s), Paddy Walsh (Clonkill) and Paul Reville (Turin).

Offaly’s Brian Gavin will be the standby referee. The other linesman is Colm Lyons (Cork) and the sideline official will be Cathal McAllsiter (Cork).

Fergal Horgan, who will be officiating at the minor match, is a member of the Knockavilla Kickhams club.

Did inter. final

This year Fergal has refereed the All-Ireland intermediate club final, Kilnadeema-Leitrim and Rower Inistioge, the Allianz Hurling League Division 2A final between Carlow and Kerry as well as the Munster under 21 final between Clare and Cork.

He has taken charge of Tipperary county finals at all levels, one Munster minor final and one Munster junior club final.

Second medal

Fergal also played for Tipperary, winning an All-Ireland minor medal in 1996 playing in goals when his county defeated Galway.

He won a second Munster minor medal in 1997.

His umpires will be David Heelan, Alan Horgan, Paul Ryan and John Hadnett (all Knockavilla Kickhams).

Wicklow’s John Keenan will be the standby referee. The other linesman is Eamonn Hassan (Derry) and the sideline official will be James Clarke (Cavan).

RTE and Sky Sports will televise the senior final, while TG4 will screen the minor All-Ireland decider.