GAA President Liam O'Neill has extended his sympathy to the family of referee Shane Hourigan who passed away this morning.

Hourigan died in a two-car collision at around 6.50am at Reens Pike in Limerick. 

The inter-county referee was a member of St. Mary’s Sean Finns, Rathkeale Club and a member of the National Hurling Referee’s panel for three years. 

The 40-year-old refereed the Connacht Intermediate and Munster Senior Club finals in 2012, the All-Ireland Intermediate Club final, Allianz League Division 2 final, Munster Under-21 final and All Ireland Minor semi-final in 2013.

Hourigan refereed the the AIB All Ireland Intermediate Club semi-final between Rower Inistioge (Kilkenny) and Clooney Gaels (Antirm) yesterday afternoon in Páirc Tailteann, Navan.

O'Neill said: “It was with great regret that we learnt of the tragic passing of Shane this morning.   

"He was regarded as one of the Association’s up and coming hurling referees and very highly respected by his peers. 

“Our thoughts and prayers and those of the wider GAA membership are with his wife Marie, son Shane, mother Ellen, his immediate family and wide circle of friends at this sad time.”

The GAA President also extended his sympathies and those of the Association as a whole to the family of Barry Nash (Clare), a young All Ireland Minor Handball Champion, who was killed in a separate car accident yesterday.