Garda 'protection' for Barrett
HE may have been the victim of a nasty assault a few days earlier, but it didn't stop Willie Barrett from getting back into the refereeing saddle very quickly, only this time he had police protection.
In fact, he was surrounded by Gardai wielding hurleys, although thankfully not in his direction. The organisers of the Seamus McIntyre Memorial hurling tournament, played among various Garda Divisions, are keen to acknowledge that Barrett (and his Tipperary colleague, Johnny McDonnell) were at their very best in the event, which was hosted by St Martin's, Wexford.
It was won by Eastern Region thanks to a late goal from Kilkenny's Eddie Brennan, who cancelled out a similar strike from Jerry O'Connor (Cork region)
The tournament commemorates Garda Seamus McIntyre from Kenmare, who was killed with his colleague Garda George Rice in a traffic accident in Cork while on duty in April 2001.