Meet the man in the middle
DECLAN PEPPARD is the man with the whistle for the county Senior final on Sunday. But this is not the first county final for the Hollywood official as he was also in charge of the Rathnew v. An Tochar final in 1999.
Declan is one of the county’s most experienced and respected referees and was on the inter-county panel in the late nineties but had to scale back from the inter-county scene due to work commitments after he joined the prison service.
Although more noted as a football referee, he has in fact taken charge of the whistle for three hurling finals in 2000, 2006 and last year while he also referees in neighbouring Kildare. He has refereed a Minor football final between Newtown and St. Patrick’s.
‘I am expecting a good open, fast game of football from these two teams’ he said. ‘I think it could be a great game and I am not expecting any problems.’