With Ardee St Marys minor’s bidding for Championship success this this Sunday afternoon, it could be a very memorable day for the town should the cup come back to Ardee adorned in the blue and white ribbons of the Marys.
But that’s not where the local involvement ends. Come 3.30pm, it will just be the start of a days work for David Fedigan. The Hunterstown Rovers club man has been appointed referee for Sunday’s Senior Football Championship final between Newtown Blues and Dundalk Gaels.
His first senior championship final, it will be a big day for him and his club – coming 17 years after Kevin Levins officiated the 2000 final between Newtown Blues and Stabannon Parnells, a fixture the Blues won. The Drogheda men will hope having a Huntersown man in the middle will be a good omen as they bid for a 21st SFC triumph in their history.
Levins himself took charge of the SFC more than once and Fedigan, a member of the Leinster referees panel, will hope this year’s showpiece will the first of several for him.
On Sunday, another Hunterstown man Noel Hand will join Fedigan’s team as the fourth official while Gerard Corrigan of Mattock Rangers and Glen Emmet’ Stephen Johnson will act as linesmen. David’s father Joe – who once lined out for Hunterstown alongside his sons David and Alan – is among the umpire team with Austin McKenny of Ardee St Marys.
Michael Englishby of Mattock Rangers and Gerry Cassidy of St Mochtas complete the line-up of officials.
Fedigan has previously taken charge of two matches in this season’s SFC – Naomh Mairtin’s six point win over Cooley Kickhams in the group stage and then the quarter final draw in which the Jocks and the Dreadnots could not be separated.
Hunterstown Rovers is the most represented club on the Louth GAA referees panel for 2017, with Fedigan and Hand joined by Fintan and Kevin Levins. Sean McDermotts man Kevin Carroll took charge of the 2014 showpiece, won by St Patricks.