Metro Area Meeting

Old Wesley Rugby Football Club, by kind permission

Dec 11th 2017

KO 7:30pm.

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 tomdkeating@mac.com by 11:59pm on Wednesday 29th of November informing me of your intentions to seek election. 

Damian Poder RIP

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.

Metro Area Meeting

The next metro meeting will be held as follows:

Monkstown F.C. (by kind permission)
on the 13th November
starting at 7:30pm
and running to 9:00pm.

Tom Keating will be stepping down as the Metro Area rep this month.

He would request that as many of you attend this meeting for this important election but also to listen to David O’Brien’s talk which will follow the election.

Tom Colton has put his hand up as Toms replacement. Other volunteers for the role are welcome.  Please contact Tom Keating.

Leinster Match Program – Article 3

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.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 2

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.

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Michael O’Dea RIP

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.

Funeral Notice

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.

Conor Byrne

President ARLB

Leinster Match Program Article 1

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.

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