The Boys in Green won’t be the only ones representing Ireland at Euro 2012 following the news that Mayo referee Damien MacGraith has been named in UEFA’s panel for the finals. What are the chances he gets a France game?
MacGraith is an Airtricity League linesman who has also run the line in Champions League and Europa League games. He was also involved in the U21 European Championships in Denmark in 2011 and officiated at the final won by Spain. He will take his place as a reserve assistant referee at this summer’s tournament.
The Mayo school teacher is regarded as one of the country’s top officals and was part of the Irish delegation with Alan Kelly as referee for the Euro 2012 qualifier between Latvia and Israel.
MacGraith came through the FAI’s Referee School of Excellence and has particpated at the 2006 League Cup Final, the 2007 and 2010 FAI Cup finals and the 2011 Setanta Sports Cup Final.
He follows in the footsteps of Cork’s Eddie Foley who was the first ever official from Ireland to make the referees’ panel for the World Cup and European Championships when he officiated as a linesman at France ’98 and Euro 2000.