Maurice Deegan the ref for Saturday

The GAA have now confirmed who’ll be refereeing this coming weekend’s All-Ireland football quarter-finals and our one is set to be handled by Maurice Deegan from Laois. Meath’s Cormac Reilly will take charge of the all-Leinster clash between Dublin and Laois, our old pal Joe McQuillan from Cavan will do the Cork/Kildare match while Sligo’s Marty Duffy has been handed the potentially combustible Kerry v Donegal tie. Thanks to the Irish Examiner’s John Fogarty for this info.

The news of Deegan’s appointment (he’s the only ref from one of the counties left in the championship to take charge of a quarter-final, by the way, and he’s also been given a match in the side of the draw that Laois are involved in; I’m not saying this necessarily means anything, just observing how strange it is that it’s happening) won’t be universally lauded within the county. As well as being the lineseman who magically managed to see that Eoghan O’Gara point in the Leinster final without looking at the big screen at all at all, Deegan should be easily remembered as the limp-wristed official who made an utter hames of our league final meeting with Cork. Seeing as next Saturday will be our first outing at HQ since that unhappy day in April, it’s more than a little disappointing to see the same gent will be taking charge of proceedings again.

In truth, Cork always had our number that day and the ref’s poor performance didn’t affect the outcome but the way he allowed the thuggishness of Cadogan and O’Leary to go unpunished still leaves a sour taste. It’s also, one assumes, a point that’ll be noted by Wee James and his backroom team up North as they plan for the Mournemen’s first ever meeting with our lads in the championship.

At least our own backroom team will be able to use that unhappy experience, as well as what else we know of Deegan’s refereeing style – he also took charge of our league match with Armagh in March – and can plan accordingly. If the league final is anything to go by, all manner of unprovoked assaults on the opposition should arguably be the order of the day.

There’s no word yet (none that I can find at any rate) of who will be reffing the minors’ All-Ireland quarter-final against Tipperary on Saturday but I’ll post details here once this is known.

UPDATE: It’s now been confirmed that Kildare’s Fergal Barry (a new name to me) will take charge of the minor quarter-final with Tipperary.

9 thoughts on “Maurice Deegan the ref for Saturday

  1. Sorry to digress for a minute here – is anyone else having trouble buying tickets on at the moment?

    I’ve made three attempts now to buy a ticket for Saturday and every time I get as far as the ‘Reserving your tickets – do not navigate away from your screen’ message on the orange background – so I wait, and then suddenly it just displays a list of upcoming events (, as if I’d never tried to buy a ticket at all. Very frustrating, and doubly so as I can’t get them on ticketmaster either! Anyone else seeing this?

  2. DavyJ / Crete Boom, the website was working fine earlier on, I got tickets at about 9.10am this morning. Hopefully its just a temporary thing.

    On it states that tickets are going on sale at 12.00.

  3. Very unhappy with Deegan
    An absolute disaster of a ref in my view.Fails to take right option and has done us no favours in past.That said Mayo need to stand up to any shenanigans and not be afraid to attract a few yellows.It will be tough from Herron in.

  4. YoungFella – fair play to you, I’ve got myself sorted on Ticketmaster now. All set for Saturday!

  5. Ignore previous (stupid) question. Tell me to ” open your eyes and just read on” – Sorry. For time and space take up.

  6. We may get a better game if Martin King was the ref and Maurice Deegan read the weather, funny how you never see them together.
    Anyway, it’s a very shallow pool of referees to choose from and he’s fairly weak. The amount of off the ball stuff that goes on makes it difficult but some refs see it and are at least aware of it, in the League final, Donie V got punched in the throat 3 times right in front of him and he ignored it.

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