Thursday 14 December 2017


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Aileen the lady in the middle WESTMEATH-based Aileen Lawlor, a former Dublin senior player, has become the second member of the Redmond family to referee an All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final.

Her sister Anne refereed the 1987 final between Cork and Kilkenny, and Lawlor will be the lady in the middle when the Rebels clash with Tipperary on September 15.

An All-Ireland club winner back in '85 with Crumlin, Aileen's an experienced inter-county referee and officiated at the All-Ireland semi-final between Kilkenny and Tipperary.

"I consider it a great honour and it is a fantastic opportunity," said Lawlor, a paediatric nurse at Longford-Westmeath General Hospital. "I am looking forward to the new Croke Park."

Aileen comes from a family steeped in camogie. Her sisters Barbara, Anne and Yvonne all played for Dublin, with Anne having the honour of captaining Dublin to their first National League title in 1979.

Barbara and Yvonne were on Dublin's last All-Ireland winning team of '84, while Aileen herself has a League medal with the Dubs. All four girls were part of Crumlin's first and only All-Ireland club title back in '85.

With Armagh in the news these days, Una Kearney will also be in the limelight on September 15 when she takes charge of the junior final, becoming the third Armagh person to officiate at All-Ireland level.

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