Friday 22 September 2017

Joe McQuillan to referee All Ireland football final between Dublin and Mayo

Diarmuid Connolly is shown the red card by referee Joe McQuillan in the drawn game against Mayo in 2015
Diarmuid Connolly is shown the red card by referee Joe McQuillan in the drawn game against Mayo in 2015

Cavan native Joe McQuillan has been confirmed as the man in the middle for this year's All Ireland football final between Dublin and Mayo on September 17.

It will be McQuilllan's third All Ireland final having been in charge for two Dublin victories previously, the win over Kerry in 2011 and Mayo in 2013.

"It is a great honour with two big teams in it, so I’m just delighted," McQuillan told GAA.ie.

"I found out this morning. I knew I was on the shortlist but until you get the phonecall you are still never sure who is going to do it.

"I’m familiar with both teams. I know the players involved. It should be an intriguing game between the two standout teams from the last couple of years who keep coming to the top. It will be a great day."

Ciarán Brady and TP Gray, who are both from McQuillan's club Kill Shamrocks, will be joined by Jimmy Galligan (Killygarry) and Mickie Lee (Drumalee) as umpires.

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