Barrett will referee final


Willie Barrett of Tipperary will referee the All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Offaly on Sunday week. Barrett was named by the GAA's Central Referees Appointments Committee yesterday along with all the referees for the other upcoming All-Ireland hurling finals.

A member of the Ardfinnan club, Barrett refereed the 1994 senior final when Offaly defeated Limerick as well as a semi-final two years ago. He has also the experience of club, minor and under-21 All-Ireland finals.

Barry Kelly of Westmeath will be in charge of this year's minor final between Cork and Galway, also set for Croke Park on Sunday week. Antrim's Tommy McIntyre has been named for the All-Ireland intermediate hurling final between Tipperary and Galway or Kilkenny. McIntyre refereed this year's minor hurling semi-final between Galway and Offaly.

Other appointments include Offaly's Padraig Horan for the under-21 final between Galway and Limerick and Michael Bodkin of Galway for the All-Ireland junior final between Armagh and Meath.