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Referee Foundation Course March 2024

Calling All Aspiring Referees!

Are you passionate about Gaelic Football and Hurling? Ever considered becoming a referee? Here’s your chance to get involved!

Basic Level 1 Referee Foundation Course

  • Location: Super Valu Pairc Ui Chaoimh
  • Dates & Times: Thursday 21st of March and Thursday 28th of March, 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Induction Night: Thursday  7th of March, 7pm
  • Requirements: Participants must attend the induction night before the course.
  • Age Requirement: Applicants must be 17 years of age or older.

What to Expect:

  • Learn the fundamentals of refereeing Gaelic Football and Hurling.
  • Gain insights from experienced referees, including All Ireland Referees Conor Lane, Diarmuid Kirwan, Michael Collins, and Colm Lyons.
  • Develop essential skills and knowledge to officiate games effectively.

Important Information:

  • Garda Vetting: All new referees must undergo Garda Vetting before officiating at any games.
  • Closing Date: Monday 4th of March. Hurry, places are limited!
  • Course Queries: For specific queries about becoming a referee, email refereerecruitment.cork@gaa.ie.

How to Register:

Don’t miss this opportunity to kick-start your refereeing journey! To register for the course, complete the survey, which will take approximately 5 minutes.

Join us and be part of the exciting world of Gaelic Games officiating!


Register Here


The County Referee Committee is thrilled to announce the Cork Referee Conference, which also marks the launch of the Cork Referee Development Plan. This vital event is scheduled to take place on the 25th of November, from 10am to 1pm. We cordially invite all match officials, including referees, linesmen, umpires, and administrative personnel, to participate in our upcoming conference at Páric Uí Chaoimh. We eagerly anticipate your attendance.




Our Speakers

Our lineup of speakers for the event will be headlined by George Clancy and Barry Kelly. George Clancy is a former international rugby referee renowned for his expertise and experience in the field. Barry Kelly, on the other hand, is a four-time All-Ireland hurling referee, whose insights from his illustrious career are bound to be invaluable to all attendees. We are confident that their knowledge and experience will provide a wealth of information and encourage stimulating discussions.

Panel Discussion Featuring Five All-Ireland Referees from Cork

One of the key events of the conference will be a panel discussion featuring five All-Ireland referees hailing from Cork. Frank Murphy, Michael Collins, Diarmuid Kirwan, Conor Lane, and Colm Lyons are the five Cork men who have officiated All-Ireland Finals. Their collective wisdom, paired with their individual experiences, will undoubtedly provide a wealth of knowledge and insight for all participating officials. The panel discussion aims to not only share their experiences but also to inspire and guide the next generation of referees.

Venue and Registration

The conference will be held at SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh, a prestigious venue that has hosted numerous sports events. For further information regarding the conference and to register your attendance, please visit our website: www.gaacork.ie/referees

We encourage all participants to register at the earliest to secure their spot at the conference.

The Cork Referee Conference is not just an event; it is a platform for growth, learning, and networking for all match officials. The launch of the Cork Referee Development Plan underlines our commitment to the continuous development and improvement of our match officials. We look forward to your active participation and fruitful discussions at the conference.



Bon Secours Hospital County Finals Referees have been confirmed

The Bon Secours Hospital Cork Football Final Referees have been confirmed;

Premier Senior Football; Castlehaven v Nemo Rangers; Pa O’Driscoll (Bride Rovers)

Senior A Football; Dohenys v Newcestown; John Ryan (Macroom)

Premier Senior Football; Bantry Blues v Cill na Martra; Cormac Dinneen (Douglas)

Intermediate A Football; Aghabullogue v Mitchelstown; Brian Coniry (Crosshaven)

Premier Junior Football; Kilmurry v St Finbarrs; Justin Murphy (Castletownroche)

Co-Op Superstores Cork County Hurling Finals Referees announced

Coiste Chontae Chorcai announce the referees appointments to take charge of the various Co-Op Superstores Cork County Hurling Finals.
Cathaoirleach Coiste Chontae, Marc Sheehan wished all the appointed referees and their officials every good fortune as they take charge of these important games at the conclusion of the 2023 championships.
PSHC; Midleton V Sarsfields; Ciaran O Regan (Ballyhea)
S’A’HC; Bride Rovers v Newcestown;  Mark Maher (St Finbarrs)
PIHC; Castlelyons v Kilworth; Wayne King (Banteer)
IAHC; Aghabullogue v Midleton; Patrick O’Mahony (Kilbrittain)
PJHC; Erins Own v St Catherine’s; Aidan Hyland, (Kilworth)

Munster Referee Academy Presentations

Shane Scanlon (Newcestown, Cork) accepts his Munster Referee Academy certificate from Munster GAA Chairman Ger Ryan (left) and Munster Referees Committee Chairman Michael Wadding

5 Munster Referees recently completed the Munster Referee Academy and subsequently officiated in this year’s Munster Minor Championships.

The referees are Eoghan O’Muircheartaigh (Dingle, Kerry), Sean Walsh (De La Salle, Waterford), David Deady (Bruree, Limerick), Alan Tierney (Shannon Rovers, Tipperary) and Shane Scanlon (Newcestown, Cork).

The Munster Academy steered a determined pathway which involved guiding the selected candidates through an intensive six week program of carefully designed workshop topics which were tailored to help each candidate make the transition from club refereeing to intercounty refereeing.

The referees were presented with their certificates at a function in Killarney on Friday September 22nd by Munster GAA Chairman Ger Ryan and Munster Referees Committee Chairman Michael Wadding.


Congratulations to Shane Scanlon (Newcestown) on receiving his Munster Referee Academy Certificate.