Memorial charity game to honour Limerick referee Shane Hourigan

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Shane Hourigan, RIP
A charity gaelic football match takes place this Sunday, December 28, in memory of the late Shane Hourigan.

A charity gaelic football match takes place this Sunday, December 28, in memory of the late Shane Hourigan.

The game will take place in Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale at 4pm.

Inter-county referee Hourigan tragically died in a road traffic accident in January 2014.

In Sunday’s game, his club St Marys Sean Finns will take on a selection made up of Limerick referees and guests on the day in Rathkeale.

Entry to the match on the day is free, and there will be a collection on the day for a couple of local charities - all donations are welcome.

A reception will take place following the game in O’Sullivan’s, Rathkeale.

Anyone seeking more information on the event or who wishes to volunteer on the day or make a donation can contact Jason Mullins (087 9809189) or Declan O’Driscoll (087 6158549).

Just last month, Hourigan was honoured by the GAA in Croke Park.

The event was the biennial referee awards.

Shane Hourigan should have been there in person to collect medals for refereeing two national finals in 2013 - the All-Ireland Intermediate Club final and the Allianz League Division 2A final between Laois and Westmeath.

Instead, Shane’s wife, Marie, was presented with the medals that marked her husband’s remarkable progress through the refereeing ranks before his tragic death.

His memory will now live on in the form of a Young Referee of the Year award named in his memory.

Fergal Horgan from Tipperary had the honour of being the first referee to be presented with the Shane Hourigan Memorial Award by Shane’s wife Marie and Pat McEnaney, chairman of the National Referees Committee.

Earlier this month Shane Hourigan was also honoured at the annual Munster GAA Council awards in Dromoland Castle, Co Clare.