Cavan official Joe McQuillan was today confirmed as the referee for this year’s All-Ireland final. It’s the fourth time the Kill Shamrocks clubman will officiate in a decider, having first done so for the Dublin/Kerry final in 2011. He was also in charge of two finals involving us, in 2013 and 2017, both against Dublin.
Linesmen for the decider on 11th September are Meath’s David Gough – who’s also the standby referee – and Brendan Cawley of Kildare. Down’s Ciaran Branagan is the fourth official.
Reffing a Gaelic football match is no picnic at the best of times and in the cauldron that is an All-Ireland final at Croke Park it’s certainly not a job for the faint-hearted. We’ve had good days and bad days with different officials but what all of them have in common is that they tried to ref the game the best way they could.
Joe McQuillan will be no different the next day and all we can hope for is that he makes a decent fist of it. The rest is down to us. Best of luck to Joe and his colleagues in their endeavours on Saturday week.