The Peter Downey Referee Academy was unveiled last Sunday, March 5th, at a special event on the morning of the All-Ireland Club Championships Finals where the first referees from the academy were also honoured.
The late Peter Downey was a highly regarded Camogie and GAA referee. A proud Inniscarra and Cork man, he was the chairperson of the Camogie Association’s National Referee Committee for a number of years. To honour and remember Peter and his legacy the Camogie Association have officially named the National Referee Academy in his name, The Peter Downey Referee Academy.
Peter was highly innovative and was instrumental in setting up the first National Camogie Referee Academy. Peter drove the Referee Academy on, helping and guiding many referees along the way. He cast a great listening ear to those who needed advice on and off the field of play. He had a great integrity and passion for the game which was evident to those who had the pleasure to meet and get to know him.
Peter helped develop the Camogie Association’s Referee Pathway which was launched in 2015. Peter worked tirelessly to promote refereeing and his knowledge of Camogie and GAA was unequalled. He has left an indelible mark on the game of Camogie and in the hearts of those who knew him.
The 7 referees from the first Peter Downey Referee Academy were:
Julie O’Neill (Armagh)
Jenny Byrne (Dublin)
Grainne Coulter (Down)
Eamon Cassidy (Derry)
Ray Kelly (Kildare)
John McDonagh (Galway)
Peter Dowd (Meath)