The character shown by referee Paud O’Dwyer during Sunday’s Minor All Ireland Final was nothing short of heroic.
Sadly, O’Dwyer’s mother passed away on Saturday, just 24 hours before the minor hurling finale at GAA HQ. However, O’Dwyer refused to step down and put his grief to one side to officiate the final between Galway and Tipperary.
He put on an accomplished performance and the crowd acknowledged his heroism with a ‘bualadh bos’ at the end of the game. In a world where referees are often the brunt of disdain, it’s great to see the GAA community rally behind O’Dwyer during this difficult time.
Hurling and reality 2 Referee Paud O’Dwyer took charge of the minor hurling final,after the death of his mother Bridget on Saturday RIP #GAA
— Cathal Mac Coille (@CathalMacCoille) September 7, 2015
Massive respect to Paud O’Dwyer of Carlow who refereed today’s All Ireland Minor final under difficult personal circumstances.
— Ciaran O’Doherty (@Ciaran20591) September 6, 2015
Condolences to Paud O’Dwyer on the passing of his mother. Difficult to referee in those circumstances, but I felt he had a fine game.
— Killian Whelan (@Killian_Whelan) September 6, 2015
Congratulations Paud O’Dwyer on doing an excellent job reffing the Minor All Ireland Final under very difficult circumstances! @Carlow_GAA
— Richard Coady (@richiecoady) September 6, 2015