Horgan breaks Leinster monopoly to ref hurling final
The grip that a quartet of Leinster referees have had on the All-Ireland senior hurling final has been broken with the appointment of Fergal Horgan to take charge of the first decider between Galway and Waterford next month.
Horgan - who won an All-Ireland minor title with Tipperary as a goalkeeper in 1996 and was senior understudy to Brendan Cummins in 1998 - will be the first Munster All-Ireland final referee since Waterford's Michael Wadding in 2010 and the first Tipperary official to take charge at this level since Seamus Roche in 2005.
The past nine finals, including three replays, have been refereed by Offaly's Brian Gavin (four), Westmeath pair James McGrath and Barry Kelly (two each) and Wexford's James Owens.
Horgan has already taken charge of high-profile Waterford fixtures this year. He awarded a late penalty to Cork against the Déise in the Bord Gáis Munster U-21 hurling semi-final, which paved the way for the Rebels to snatch a last-gasp victory.
And, following consultation with his linesman John Keenan of Wicklow, the Tipperary official sent off Tadhg de Búrca in Waterford's All-Ireland SHC quarter-final victory over Wexford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
De Búrca sat out last Sunday's semi-final win over Cork through suspension - after being reported for interfering with Harry Kehoe's helmet.
Cork's Colm Lyons, who was also in the running as the other All-Ireland quarter-final referee, is the standby referee, Paud O'Dwyer (Carlow) is the other linesman and the sideline official will be Johnny Murphy (Limerick).
Horgan (38), from Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, refereed the 2014 All-Ireland minor hurling final and the 2017 All-Ireland senior club final.
Kilkenny's Sean Cleere will take charge of the All-Ireland minor hurling final between Cork and Galway.
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