At this meeting there will be an election to fill the Metro Area Rep position being vacated by Tom D Keating.
If any of you wish to put your name forward for election at this meeting, could you please email Tom Keating at email@example.com by 11:59pm on Wednesday 29th of November informing me of your intentions to seek election.
It is with deep sadness we report the passing of our refereeing colleague Damian Poder, after a long illness. On behalf of all members of the ARLB our President Conor Byrne and the executive extend their deepest sympathies to his wife Ailish and son Cian.
May he rest in peace.
PODER Damian (Dublin and formerly Sydney, Australia) 13th November 2017, after a long illness borne with extraordinary courage, resilience and good humour, in the wonderful care of all the staff of St Anne’s Ward, St Vincent’s University Hospital. Beloved wife of Ailish (Kavanagh) and much loved dad of Cian. He will be greatly missed by his family, his father Allan, sister Cheryl-Anne and brother Brendan, niece Amber and all his relatives and friends both in Ireland and Australia and especially those at Merrion Cricket Club.
Reposing at Ailish’s family home in Rathmines on Wednesday, (15th November) from 5.00 until 7.00pm. Removal on Thursday morning (16th November) to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook arriving at 10.50am for Funeral Mass at 11.00am, followed by cremation in Mount Jerome, Harold’s Cross. No flowers please.
Welcome to another high quality edition of referees corner and of course one of the great clashes in modern rugby – Leinster v Munster. Welcome to Ben Whitehouse from the Welsh Rugby Union. Ben is of course the son of South Wales policeman Nigel Whitehouse, a well-known referee, who was involved in 19 tests before retiring from international level in 2007. Ben made his Pro 14 Debut in 2014 when he took charge of Connacht v Zebre.
The IRFU are pleased to confirm that seven referees have taken up professional contracts. The referees will receive dedicated coaching, analysis and support for their strength & conditioning and nutritional needs.
The seven contracted referees are Andrew Brace, George Clancy, Sean Gallagher, John Lacey, Frank Murphy, Joy Neville and David Wilkinson.
The new season kicked off on the golf course rather than the rugby pitch. On August 31st we held the combined Leinster Rugby / Leinster Rugby Referees golf outing in Milltown Golf Club. A cracking day was had by all, and the weather played its part too with a beautiful sunny day. We had 21 members and 4 guests playing in Milltown GC.
The Brindley Cup was won by Brendan Lynch with 38 points and followed closely by Mark Gargan (37 points), Peter Donnelly (33) and Bryan O’Neill (31). It is not Brendan’s first time lifting the trophy and he played some magnificent golf. David Bolger with 34 points won the Jim Dolan Memorial Plate for the best placed active member of the ARLB. Our appreciation is due to Simon ‘Nigel’ Owens who arranged the outing in conjunction with the Leinster Branch’s own competition. Conor Byrne in his presidential speech thanked all for attending and appealed to other members to support the event in the future.
It is with deep sadness that I have to advise the passing of Michael O’Dea former President ARLB 1999/00.
May he rest in peace.
Michael James O’Dea of Clonkeen Drive, Dublin 18, died suddenly but peacefully, on Tuesday, 3rd October, 2017, at Ferndene Nursing Home. Fondly remembered by his wife Ann, children Michael, Caroline, Stephen, Joseph and Jennifer together with their partners and his beloved grandchildren Sam, Molly, Tara, Eva, Luke, Finley and Rory; loving brother of Elizabeth and the late Mark, he will be sadly missed by all his family, relatives and friends.
There will be a gathering for family and friends on Thursday evening, 5th October, from 5pm to 7pm at Colliers Funeral Home, Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, with prayers at 6pm. Requiem Mass on Friday, 6th October, at 10.00am in the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock, followed by burial in Dean’s Grange Cemetery. Family flowers only please.
After another busy season in Leinster, the summer break was a welcome relief for all. At the end of last season Conor Byrne was elected President of the Leinster Rugby Referees taking over from David MacDonald. Conor addressed the referees AGM after his election saying :
“I am indeed extremely honoured to be elected President of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch for the 2017/18 season an Association that has been an integral part of my life over many years. Ours is an Association that is held in high esteem both far and wide and one which has and continues to make an extraordinary contribution to the very fabric of our sport.
In line with the law review timelines, the trials will begin on
1 August 2017 in the northern hemisphere and either 1 January 2017 or 1 January 2018 (for scrum and tackle/ ruck laws) in the southern hemisphere and will last for an initial period of one year.