The death has occurred of long time Kilkenny referee Patrick Butler or Podge as he was known to his many friends.
Podge represented Kilkenny in hurling and football, being noted as a very talented player in the latter game. As a referee he was one of the most respected and liked officials in the county taking charge of County finals at every level, up to and including senior in both codes.His involvement as an official continued right up to recently and he showed a wonderful committment to refereeing Cumann na mBunscoil games.
Kilkenny County Board extends its sympathy go his wife Mary, brother John, relatives and friends.
Podge’s Referee Record
Intermediate Hurling Championship Final 1984,
Junior Hurling Championship Final 1987,
Junior [A] Hurling Championship Final 1980, 1990, 1995,
Junior [B] Hurling Championship Final 1984, 1986, 1998,
Under 21 [A] Hurling Championship Final 1989,
Under 21 [B] Hurling Championship Final 1978, 1984, 1986, 1988, 2003, 2004,
Under 21 [B] Hurling Championship Final 1997, 1999, 2006,
Minor [A] Hurling Championship Final 1983, 1988, 1989,
Minor [B] Hurling Championship Final 1981, plus replay, 1982, 1996 plus the 2 replays,
Minor [C] Hurling Championship Final 1985, 1996, 1997, 2008,
Senior Football Championship Final 1980, 1981, 1984, 1988 plus replay, 1990, 1992,
Junior Football Championship Final 1975, 1987, 2006, 2007,
Special Junior Football Championship Final 2004,
Podge also refereed numerous Under 16 and Under 14 Finals as well as Schools finals.
Butler (Sycamore Drive, Ardnore, Kilkenny) 13th May 2019, peacefully, at St. Luke's Hospital, Patrick (Podge), beloved husband of Mary and dear father of the late Padraig, sadly missed by his loving wife, brother John, sister-in-law Veronica, nephew Gerard, cousin Stella, relatives, friends and the GAA community.
Reposing in Johnston's Funeral Home on Wednesday (15th May) from 5 o'clock with Funeral Prayers at 6.30 o'clock followed by removal to St. Fiacre's Church, Loughboy. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 10.30 o'clock. Funeral afterwards to Kilmoganny Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to the MRI Scanner Appeal at St. Luke's Hospital. House strictly private please.