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Deegan will be the man in the middle on St Patrick’s Day

Referee Maurice Deegan will be heading to Australia next month to referee the International Rules

Stradbally referee Maurice Deegan will referee the AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship Final between Dr Crokes and Slaughtneil on St Patrick’s Day.

This is the latest accolade for the high decorated whistler who has already officiated over three All-Ireland Senior Football finals.

His first came in 2008 when he was in the middle as Tyrone got the better of Kerry by 1-15 to 0-14.

The second final came four years later in 2012 when Jim McGuinness’s Donegal beat Mayo by 2-11 to 0-13.

And he was called into action again for a third time last year to oversee the All-Ireland final replay between Dublin and Mayo with the Dubs running out 1-15 to 1-14 winners.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.