Dundalk referee caps super year by being awarded All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park

Lory Meagher Cup

Dundalk referee caps super year by being awarded All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park

Pearse Óg referee Kevin Brady will preside over Saturday's Lory Meagher Cup final between Lancashire and London at Croke Park. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)

Pearse Óg whistler Kevin Brady has been appointed to take charge of Saturday’s Lory Meagher Cup final at Croke Park.

Brady, who is a member of the national referees’ panel, has been a regular officiator across the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Meagher Cups this season and overseeing the decider of the latter between Leitrim and Lancashire is the crowning glory.

While not his first All-Ireland final, having refereed ‘C’ finals in Derry and Sligo over recent years, it’s his first national showpiece appearance on Jones’ Road.

“It’d be nice to be there as a player, but then as a referee it’s nice to be there too,” Brady told The Democrat.

“I’m on the championship panel so I’ve been out every round refereeing so I kind of heard in the background that I could get one of the finals.

“Croke Park rang me and made it official, so it’s nice to get.”

Brady has actually performed at Croke Park before, officiating at the World Games final between France and New York some years ago, while he also presided over the NHL Division 3B decider of this weekend’s teams last year.

That affair went ahead in Cavan, with Lancashire prevailing after extra-time.

A similarly epic encounter wouldn’t go amiss this time either, Brady concedes.

His umpires on Saturday will be Dowdallshill’s John Kerr, Stephen Yore of Naomh Moninne and fellow clubmen, Pat Hartnett and Paul Ward.

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