It’s just been announced that Meath’s Cormac Reilly has been appointed to ref our All-Ireland quarter-final against Cork on Sunday. Not a hectic choice, you’d have to say, but then again, given the generally poor quality of officials nowadays, I’d be struggling to think of significantly better alternatives. The last match he reffed that we were involved in was the league match against Dublin back in March and he also took charge of the recent Munster decider so he’ll know all about Cork’s innocent young lads who’ll need his protection the next day.
The ref for our minor All-Ireland quarter-final against Armagh has also been announced, with Roscommon’s Paddy Neilan taking charge of this one. A bit odd, you might think, that they’ve appointed someone from the same province as ourselves but this is fairly standard practice in the appointment of refs.