Sunday 11 December 2016

'I'm honoured' - Maurice Deegan will referee the All Ireland replay between Dublin and Mayo

Published 20/09/2016 | 12:47

Referee Maurice Deegan
Referee Maurice Deegan

Maurice Deegan will referee the All Ireland final replay between Dublin and mayo on October 1, the GAA have confirmed.

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The Laois man has previously taken charge of two All Ireland finals - Kerry v Tyrone in 2008 and Donegal v Mayo in 2012 and he was the stand-in ref for the drawn encounter last Sunday.

“I’m delighted, the wait yesterday was hard, I just found out this morning, and I’m really honoured that I will get the chance to referee another All Ireland Final,” Deegan told GAA.ie.

“The fact that it is a replay probably heightens it a bit too, and I’d be very competitive - after 2008 and 2012 I still wanted to do an All Ireland.

“That is what kept me going and to do three is a huge honour. There is satisfaction in it and to be given another chance is great. In a way I can’t put it into words, but I’m just very honoured. The rivalry with Dublin and Mayo at the moment, I’m just looking forward to it.”

Deegan has chosen Kevin O’Brien, John Flynn, Tomás Moore, and Richard Oxley as his umpires for the occasion.

“I’ve a team of six so that is the hard part of the job. Alan Abbey did the All Ireland in 2012 and Sean Langton did the two in 2008 and 2012 with me.

“It is the same as being a manager picking your team, so it is very tough on the lads. That is the human side of it.

“Without the backing of my family it would be very hard and I must give special mention to my wife, Aisling.

“I’m doing different bits and pieces with the club, I’m Chairman of the Juvenile Club in Stradbally so I’m often gone five or six nights of the week. Without her support I’d be at nothing and I’m very grateful.”

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