Cavan’s Joe McQuillan has been appointed as ref for next Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal. We last had him for the league semi-final against Dublin back in April and, of course, he also reffed our All-Ireland semi-final against the same opposition last year. He also took charge of that poisonous Ulster preliminary round tie between Donegal and Tyrone earlier this summer, a match which could easily have ended up with four or five players left on either side.
It’s hard to know if it’s a good appointment or not from our point of view. I’m no fan of McQuillan – we’ve had plenty of bad days with him as well as a few not-so-bad days – but he’s the man who has been handed the job so, a bit like the draw itself, we have to accept that we’re stuck with him at this stage and get on with it.
It’s also been announced, by the way, that Tyrone’s Sean Hurson will take charge of the minors’ All-Ireland quarter-final against Westmeath on Bank Holiday Monday. I never heard of him before at all at all.