Joe McQuillan will referee this year’s All-Ireland football final
Cavan referee is a controversial appointment given the 2013 post-match criticism of him
Joe McQuillan leaves the field with his assistants and umpires following the 2013 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho
The GAA has confirmed the controversial appointment of Cavan’s Joe McQuillan as Sunday week’s All-Ireland final referee.
McQuillan was heavily criticised following the most recent of those, with Dublin manager Jim Gavin claiming that his team were playing against 16 men in their 2-12 to 1-14 win.
While Mayo’s manager at the time, James Horan, claimed that the referee had told his players there were 30 seconds remaining before Cillian O’Connor’s free made it a one point game in the final minute of additional time. That being the reason he went for a point, rather than trying to engineer a goal scoring opportunity. McQuillan blew the final whistle after the free was scored.
In this year’s Football Championship, he has refereed the quarter-final between Roscommon and Mayo, Ulster final between Tyrone and Down, Leinster semi-final between Meath and Kildare, and the Connacht semi-final between Galway and Mayo.
“It is great honour, with two big teams in it, so I’m just delighted,” the experienced official told the GAA’s official website. “I found out this morning. I knew I was on the shortlist, but until you get the phone call you are still never sure who is going to do it.”
In this year’s senior football championship, Anthony has refereed the quarter-final replay between Roscommon and Mayo, the Round 4A fixture between Galway and Donegal, the Leinster final between Dublin and Kildare, the Round 1 Qualifier between Laois and Longford, and the Connacht semi-final between Roscommon and Leitrim. He also refereed the Division Three final between Louth and Tipperary.