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Oisin's Tales with Barry Cassidy: "Referees get nervous and feel pressure, like any player"

 

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Barry Cassidy and his wife Claire at home

Barry Cassidy and his wife Claire at home

Barry Cassidy and his wife Claire at home

This week, I caught up with Ulster's top referee Barry Cassidy, who hails from the famed Bellaghy club in south Derry.

His dad was a referee before him and you can see the drive to improve with each game, no different to any other sportsperson. It's that drive, the understanding of the game and a large helping of common sense that has Cassidy heading right to the top with an All-Ireland Final appearance the final piece of the jigsaw.

With that goal in mind, he continues to drive the standards in an area where the GAA still has work to do.