Hurling: Mayoman to Referee in Croke Park

  • Feb 22,2007
Former Mayo Hurler and current Intercounty referee Eoin Shaughnessy has been chosen to officiate the All-Ireland Junior Club Hurling Final in the hallowed turf of Croke Park on Sunday the 11th March between Danesford (Kilkenny) and Clooney Gaels (Antrim). Shaughnessy will be representing the Craughwell club in Galway - where he is a principal in the local Ballymana National School - but has steep Mayo connections. The former Castlebar Mitchells dual player hurled for Mayo between 1988 and 2003 and finished off his Mayo hurling career with an All-Ireland Junior Title in his final year. Shaughnessy also played football in Croke Park with his native Castlebar Mitchells in the senior club final of 1994. The Spencer Park native began refereeing through Galway Cumann na mBunscoil before going on to gain much respect at club level in the Galway Intermediate and Senior hurling Championships. He joined the Intercounty referees panel in 2006 and refereed many Nicky Rackard Cup games in his opening year along with many interprovincial club ties. His appointment to officiate the Junior Club Final at GAA Headquarters is a mark of Shaughnessys progress in his opening year on the intercounty scene.