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"I know he is a Ladies football referee as well and I think he was getting crossed over with rules at times'
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"I know he is a Ladies football referee as well and I think he was getting crossed over with rules at times'

Updated May 22nd 2021, 10:31 PM 48,509 Views 15 Comments

The Tipperary manager questioned decisions made in Saturday’s game in Thurles.

Nigel Owens retires from international rugby after refereeing 100th Test
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Nigel Owens retires from international rugby after refereeing 100th Test

Dec 11th 2020, 3:10 PM 17,340 Views 19 Comments

The recent Autumn Nations Cup match between France and Italy was the popular Welshman’s last at that level.

Meath referee to take charge of All-Ireland senior football final
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Meath referee to take charge of All-Ireland senior football final

Dec 9th 2020, 3:34 PM 7,314 Views 13 Comments

Meanwhile, Down’s Paul Faloon will take charge of the U20 football decider.

Tipperary native Fergal Horgan appointed as All-Ireland hurling final referee
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Tipperary native Fergal Horgan appointed as All-Ireland hurling final referee

Dec 4th 2020, 1:54 PM 6,302 Views 16 Comments

Liam Gordon of Galway will officiate the Joe McDonagh Cup final.

Andrew Brace appointed referee for the Pro14 final between Leinster and Ulster
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Andrew Brace appointed referee for the Pro14 final between Leinster and Ulster

Sep 8th 2020, 3:54 PM 8,018 Views 12 Comments

The 32-year-old has been a rising star of the refereeing scene in recent years.

All-Ireland final referee Gough opts out for 2020 due to social distancing concerns
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All-Ireland final referee Gough opts out for 2020 due to social distancing concerns

Jun 28th 2020, 9:30 PM 42,838 Views 33 Comments

‘As long as there is social distancing still in place,’ the Meathman is unavailable.

'She hugged me and said my story saved her life': Referee Nigel Owens on helping others
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'She hugged me and said my story saved her life': Referee Nigel Owens on helping others

Feb 28th 2020, 3:35 PM 26,325 Views 9 Comments

The well-known Welsh official has used his profile to speak about overcoming difficult situations.

Jérôme Garcès will ref the World Cup final between England and the Boks
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Jérôme Garcès will ref the World Cup final between England and the Boks

Oct 29th 2019, 4:25 AM 6,014 Views 5 Comments

The 46-year-old will be the first Frenchman to adjudicate a World Cup decider.

'He apologised, we got on with life' - Gough on Brolly
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'He apologised, we got on with life' - Gough on Brolly

Updated Sep 13th 2019, 3:05 PM 36,111 Views 37 Comments

David Gough says he wasn’t affected by all the talk in the lead-up to the drawn All-Ireland final.

Cork's Conor Lane to referee All-Ireland final replay as ticket prices reduced
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Cork's Conor Lane to referee All-Ireland final replay as ticket prices reduced

Sep 2nd 2019, 5:00 PM 36,156 Views 53 Comments

Dublin and Kerry will battle it out once more for the Sam Maguire in two weeks.

O'Mahony insists there's no Kerry mafia with a 'witch hunt' against All-Ireland ref Gough
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O'Mahony insists there's no Kerry mafia with a 'witch hunt' against All-Ireland ref Gough

Aug 21st 2019, 3:04 PM 10,543 Views 14 Comments

O’Mahony and Eamonn Fitzmaurice raised questions over Gough’s suitability because he lives and works in Dublin.

Kerry chairman: 'The team and management have no issue with David Gough as the All-Ireland referee'
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Kerry chairman: 'The team and management have no issue with David Gough as the All-Ireland referee'

Aug 15th 2019, 5:00 PM 23,546 Views 68 Comments

Tim Murphy insists no one in the Kerry camp has an issue with the appointment of the Meath referee.

David Gough confirmed as referee for Dublin-Kerry All-Ireland football final
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David Gough confirmed as referee for Dublin-Kerry All-Ireland football final

Aug 14th 2019, 5:07 PM 32,037 Views 152 Comments

This comes as the Meathman’s first All-Ireland senior final in the middle.

Owens appointed to referee Pro14 showdown between Leinster and Glasgow
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Owens appointed to referee Pro14 showdown between Leinster and Glasgow

May 20th 2019, 3:30 PM 5,444 Views 24 Comments

John Lacey and Mike Adamson will be the touch judges at Celtic Park.

Garcès appointed to referee Leinster's Champions Cup final clash
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Garcès appointed to referee Leinster's Champions Cup final clash

Apr 25th 2019, 3:25 PM 8,249 Views 38 Comments

The Frenchman will be in charge of the decider against Saracens in Newcastle.

'We’ve been penalised a lot by him so need to be wary of our discipline'
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'We’ve been penalised a lot by him so need to be wary of our discipline'

Nov 13th 2018, 1:01 AM 10,595 Views 23 Comments

Wayne Barnes is the man in the middle for Saturday’s Test against the All Blacks.

All-Ireland hurling final ref Owens 'can understand' James McGrath's outrage after snub
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All-Ireland hurling final ref Owens 'can understand' James McGrath's outrage after snub

Oct 16th 2018, 4:25 PM 10,627 Views 9 Comments

‘I would have been upset if I didn’t get the call,’ the Wexford man said.

Cork's Conor Lane to take charge of Dublin-Tyrone All-Ireland football final
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Cork's Conor Lane to take charge of Dublin-Tyrone All-Ireland football final

Aug 20th 2018, 4:31 PM 5,621 Views 9 Comments

This will be his second All-Ireland senior final as the man in the middle.

Premier League referee quits aged 32 due to 'change in his personal circumstances'
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Premier League referee quits aged 32 due to 'change in his personal circumstances'

Aug 17th 2018, 1:13 PM 28,423 Views 10 Comments

Regarded as one of the finest officials in the English game, Bobby Madley has decided to retire.

Wexford's Owens to take charge of Limerick-Galway All-Ireland hurling final
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Wexford's Owens to take charge of Limerick-Galway All-Ireland hurling final

Aug 7th 2018, 5:24 PM 9,543 Views 35 Comments

Owens was in charge for the 2015 decider between Kilkenny and Galway.

'I don't mind saying it but I cried when I got that phone call': The last Corkman at a World Cup
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'I don't mind saying it but I cried when I got that phone call': The last Corkman at a World Cup

Jun 24th 2018, 9:30 PM 30,621 Views 17 Comments

It’s 20 years since Eddie Foley made history at France ’98.

South African Stuart Berry to referee Leinster-Scarlets Pro14 final
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South African Stuart Berry to referee Leinster-Scarlets Pro14 final

May 22nd 2018, 9:11 AM 6,544 Views 44 Comments

The official will take charge of Saturday’s decider at the Aviva Stadium.

Referee Clattenburg admits allowing Spurs to 'self-destruct' and lose the title
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Referee Clattenburg admits allowing Spurs to 'self-destruct' and lose the title

Dec 4th 2017, 1:25 PM 12,573 Views 16 Comments

Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea proved key in handing the Premier League to Leicester City in 2016.

Gough to take charge of a Kerry game for first time since last year's All-Ireland semi-final
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Gough to take charge of a Kerry game for first time since last year's All-Ireland semi-final

Aug 21st 2017, 5:02 PM 10,343 Views 27 Comments

The Meath man has been appointed to referee the replay against Mayo.

'Somebody would want to explain the advantage rule to him because he didn’t seem to know it'
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'Somebody would want to explain the advantage rule to him because he didn’t seem to know it'

Jul 15th 2017, 8:22 PM 14,952 Views 1 Comment

Tipperary boss Liam Kearns questioned the performance of referee Paddy Neilan.

Nigel Owens to take charge of Munster's Pro12 showdown with Scarlets
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Nigel Owens to take charge of Munster's Pro12 showdown with Scarlets

May 23rd 2017, 2:13 PM 7,847 Views 29 Comments

The Welshman will referee his fifth championship final this weekend.

Reilly to referee Mayo game for first time since controversial 2014 All-Ireland semi-final replay
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Reilly to referee Mayo game for first time since controversial 2014 All-Ireland semi-final replay

Mar 28th 2017, 3:00 PM 39,138 Views 42 Comments

Reilly will take charge of the match between Mayo and Donegal.

'Donal wouldn't want us missing out' - hurling ref takes charge of game two days after brother's funeral
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'Donal wouldn't want us missing out' - hurling ref takes charge of game two days after brother's funeral

Feb 22nd 2017, 7:15 AM 5,225 Views 0 Comments

Alfie Devine took charge of the match between Meath and Derry.

'They called you a lot of other things, but they didn't call you 'Sir''
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'They called you a lot of other things, but they didn't call you 'Sir''

Feb 4th 2017, 9:30 AM 10,906 Views 26 Comments

Welsh referee Nigel Owens remembers his early days officiating in the amateur game.

'I'll always reflect on where we started, the highs, lows and everything in between'
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'I'll always reflect on where we started, the highs, lows and everything in between'

Dec 10th 2016, 8:50 PM 22,353 Views 12 Comments

The 2016 Major League Soccer decider takes place in Toronto later this evening and Cork native Alan Kelly will be at the centre of it.

Corkman Alan Kelly named MLS Referee of the Year for second consecutive season
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Corkman Alan Kelly named MLS Referee of the Year for second consecutive season

Nov 5th 2016, 4:00 PM 3,925 Views 2 Comments

Kelly was the clear winner with 63% of the vote.

What's it like to prepare for an All-Ireland final as a referee?
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What's it like to prepare for an All-Ireland final as a referee?

Sep 14th 2016, 3:52 PM 4,245 Views 1 Comment

John Bannon has been in charge of two football finals.

Football's favourite lip-licker Mark Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final
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Football's favourite lip-licker Mark Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final

Jul 8th 2016, 9:16 AM 4,719 Views 6 Comments

Premier League ref gets the nod for France v Portugal.

Nigel Owens to cap a remarkable 12 months by taking charge of Saturday's Pro12 final
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Nigel Owens to cap a remarkable 12 months by taking charge of Saturday's Pro12 final

May 26th 2016, 4:05 PM 7,365 Views 13 Comments

It will be his fifth major final in a year.

Nigel Owens will make history when he takes charge of Fiji v Tonga in June
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Nigel Owens will make history when he takes charge of Fiji v Tonga in June

Mar 30th 2016, 5:30 PM 13,434 Views 6 Comments

World Rugby have announced the appointments for this summer’s internationals.

Former League of Ireland official Alan Kelly voted MLS referee of the year
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Former League of Ireland official Alan Kelly voted MLS referee of the year

Nov 10th 2015, 12:30 AM 4,857 Views 5 Comments

The Cork native was recognised by players, managers and the media.

Referee's tale of the whistle, the whisky and the shotgun
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Referee's tale of the whistle, the whisky and the shotgun

Oct 30th 2015, 8:22 AM 8,303 Views 16 Comments

Nigel Owens will take charge of the World Cup decider tomorrow.

Who was the hardest Irishman for this ex-Premier League referee to deal with?
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Who was the hardest Irishman for this ex-Premier League referee to deal with?

Sep 19th 2015, 6:00 AM 13,837 Views 7 Comments

Former top official Howard Webb has given us a run-down on past encounters with Keanes Roy and Robbie, Martin O’Neil and Mick McCarthy.

GAA appoint first-timer to take charge of this year's All-Ireland hurling decider
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GAA appoint first-timer to take charge of this year's All-Ireland hurling decider

Aug 24th 2015, 1:36 PM 10,457 Views 25 Comments

Wexford’s James Owens has been tasked with officiating this year’s final between Galway and Kilkenny.

Munster and Glasgow will have the world's best referee in charge of their Pro12 title tilt
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Munster and Glasgow will have the world's best referee in charge of their Pro12 title tilt

May 25th 2015, 4:34 PM 5,902 Views 18 Comments

Here’s hoping Munster’s good times with the Welshman just keep rolling on.

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