Barry Kelly (referee)

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Barry Kelly
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Barry Kelly refereeing Galway v Kilkenny in the 2015 National Hurling League
Full name Barry Kelly
Born 1970
Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland
Other occupation Secondary school teacher

Barry Kelly (born 1970) is an Irish hurling referee. Born in Mullingar, County Westmeath, he has become one of the top referees over the last few years and has officiated at several All-Ireland finals in minor, under-21 and senior levels. He is a member of the St. Oliver Plunkett's club in Mullingar. He attended CIT, where he studied biomedical engineering.

Kelly has refereed four All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Finals - 2006, 2008, 2012,[1] and 2014.[2] He is also a teacher. He has twin sons, Manus and Theobald. His wife Catherine died after a brief illness at St. James's Hospital in 2013.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Barry Kelly confirmed as referee for All-Ireland hurling final". RTÉ Sport. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Barry Kelly to referee Tipperary and Kilkenny in All-Ireland hurling final". The Score. 25 August 2014. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Top referee bereaved". Hogan Stand. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Catherine Kelly's funeral details". Hogan Stand. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.