Final Whistle Blows for Referee Podge

by on the 15th of May 2019

We were all deeply saddened to hear the passing of Podge Butler On Tuesday Morning last 13th May at St Lukes Hospital in Kilkenny. Podge was a pure gentleman and was a Camogie referee for many many years. Podge was the kind of guy that if you said you had a match in South Africa to referee he would say he’d do it with no hesitation, he was always so obliging. Podge made history in 2006 when he became the oldest GAA referee to take charge of a County Final when after 35 minutes in the SFC County Final the ref pulled up with an injury and Podge took over, the task didn’t faze him one bit. He wasn’t shy to let his feelings known either about referees who had done Kilkenny hurling games and sometimes he wasn’t very complimentary especially if Kilkenny lost. He will be sadly missed by all in Kilkenny who knew him. Podge will he laid to rest on Thursday morning. We extend our sympathies to his wife Mary and his family and friends. Ar a dheis dé go raibh a ainm dilís #legend #historymaker #puregentleman

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