The GAA has confirmed that Maurice Deegan will referee the All-Ireland final replay between Dublin and Mayo on Saturday week.
It will be the Laois-man’s third decider, as he oversaw the 2008 and 2012 finals. He was on the line during Sunday’s drawn game as stand-by referee.
— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) September 20, 2016
He spoke to GAA.ie about his excitement at the announcement.
“I’m delighted, the wait yesterday was hard, I just found out this morning, and I’m really honoured that I will get the chance to referee another All Ireland Final.
“The fact that it is a replay probably heightens it a bit too, and I’d be very competitive – after 2008 and 2012 I still wanted to do an All Ireland.
“That is what kept me going and to do three is a huge honour. There is satisfaction in it and to be given another chance is great. In a way I can’t put it into words, but I’m just very honoured. The rivalry with Dublin and Mayo at the moment, I’m just looking forward to it.”