Brian Gavin (referee)

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Brian Gavin (born 13 July 1977) is an Irish hurling referee.


A native of Clara, County Offaly he is one of the sport's top referees and has officiated at All-Ireland finals in minor, under-21, and the senior final in 2011.[1][2][3]

In 2013, he took charge of his second senior final after previously taken charge of the 2011 Final, and also the All-Ireland championship final at minor level in 2004 and under-21 level in 2006.[4][5] His performance in the 2013 Final was a source of controversy as he played over the time added on thus allowing Clare to score a point to draw the game.

During the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Final, Gavin was accidentally hit by the swinging Hurley of Kilkenny's Tommy Walsh and sustained a nose injury.[6]

Gavin was named as the referee for the 2014 All-Ireland Final replay on 10 September.[7] Gavin was also named as the referee for the 2016 All-Ireland Final.[8]

In January 2018, Gavin announced his retirement from inter-county refereeing.[9]


  1. ^ "Offaly's Gavin to ref hurling decider". RTÉ Sport. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Gavin to referee All-Ireland SHC final". Irish Examiner. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Curley hails brave display by ref Gavin". Irish Examiner. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Brian Gavin appointed as All-Ireland senior hurling final referee". The Score. 27 August 2013. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Offaly's Brian Gavin to take charge of All-Ireland hurling decider". Westmeath Independent. 26 August 2013. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Kilkenny's Tommy Walsh bursts ref with hurley". Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Offaly's Brian Gavin to ref All-Ireland hurling replay between Kilkenny and Tipperary". Irish Independent. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "A familiar face will referee the All-Ireland hurling final between Kilkenny and Tipperary". The 42. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Four-time All-Ireland hurling final referee Brian Gavin hangs up his whistle". The 42. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 

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