Junior Challenge Cup Final

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Cillian Hogan on been appointed to referee the JCT Bank of Ireland Cup Final and wish him and his team ie Tim Townend (Sub Ref), Susan Carty (TJ), Jonathan Hollywood (No.4) and Tom Colton (No.5) the best of luck today.”
Conor Byrne ARLB President

Annual Dinner

As you know, we regard our Annual Dinner as one of the main highlights of our year.   It is a celebration of the 2017/18 season that, so far at least, has been very successful for the ARLB.  That success is entirely down to your efforts, both on and off the pitch.  The Dinner is also where we get to meet up with the other members of OUR club and renew friendships that are otherwise not easy to maintain.  We will also be honouring 3 very deserving members of our Association with Awards.

This year, the Dinner will take place on Saturday 24th March, in Lansdowne FC.  Amongst others, we will be joined by the President of the IRFU Philip Orr.  Eoghan O Neachtain probably best known to you as a rugby analyst with TG 4 over many years and who has the added distinction of serving as Press Secretary to three different Taoisigh and Governments will reply to the toast on behalf of the guest!.

As your President, I have represented the ARLB at many functions/events this season. More specifically, the ARLB President has traditionally been invited to the annual dinners of Leinster clubs and has always and without exception being treated as a special guest, and with great courtesy and respect.  Whilst delighted to accept on your behalf, the real “thank you” must go to you.

I thank you in advance and ask if you could email Wayne Sheridan either “YES” or “NO” shortly via arlbdinnerhonsec@gmail.com (and return your completed Application Form to Denis as appropriate).

Conor Byrne.

Senior Challenge Cup Final Team Announced

On behalf of the ARLB I would like to take this opportunity to both congratulate our team of three Nigel Correll (Referee), Helen O’Reilly (Sub Referee) and Marcus Casey (Touch Judge) on been appointed to officiate at this coming weekends SCT Bank of Ireland Cup Final between Belvedere College SCT v Blackrock SCT and to wish them all the best of luck on the day.

I acknowledge the remainder of the Team and wish them well with in their roles, namely Padraig Reidy 4th Official and Ross Hanan 5th, TomTouhy Assessor and Kevin Beggs Televivision Match Official.


Conor Byrne
2017-18 President ARLB

Leinster Match Program – Article 10


A warm welcome to today’s officiating team of John Lacey (MAR), Frank Murphy, and Jonathon Peak. John is no stranger to Leinster fans and is a former Ireland A and Ireland Sevens international. As a player, Lacey spent most of career with Shannon in the All-Ireland League racking up an impressive medal collection. He has also represented Munster on a number of occasions. As an international referee he has taken charge of matches in the Six Nations Championship, the Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup. He also refereed the 2013 Pro12 Grand Final and the 2015–16 and 2016–17 European Rugby Challenge Cup finals.


Helen O’Reilly


Firstly, we wish to congratulate the amazing Helen O’Reilly on a fantastic international refereeing career.  Helen recently refereed her 25th and final international match when Scotland recently took on Spain at Scotstoun Stadium. She has been and continues to be a great ambassador for the Leinster Rugby Referees.


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Bank of Ireland SCT Quarter Finals Appointments

Bank of Ireland SCT Quarter Final

Blackrock College        St.Gerards
Sun 18/02/18 @ 14:00

Referee Brian MacNeice
Sub Referee Niall Behan
Touch Judge David Moreau

Belvedere College       Newbridge College
Mon 19/02/18 @ 15:00

Referee           Gary Conway
Sub Referee Phil Kane
Touch Judge Garret Weldon

Cistercian Roscrea      St.Marys College
Tuesday 20/02/18 @ 15:00

Sub Referee
Touch Judge Tony Grehan

St.Michaels     Clongowes Wood
Wed 21/02/18 @ 15:00

Referee Nigel Correll
Sub Referee Simon Owens
Touch Judge    Paul Bosco Karugendo

Mid Season Seminar


I welcome you to our Annual Mid-Season which will take place


Thursday 15th February

 Newbridge RFC

 KO 7.30pm


Agenda to follow shortly but in the meantime,

DO hope you will make every effort to attend this important gathering and join me for light refreshments from 7pm.


Look forward to seeing you on the night.

Kind regards,

Conor Byrne

President ARLB 2017.18

Midland Area Meeting

Midland Area Meeting

Wednesday 24th Jan


KO 8pm

Presentation David O Brien

As per normal if you cannot make your own area meeting please make an effort to attend any other area

Leinster Match Program – Article 9

This article appeared in the Glasgow Match Program

A warm welcome to todays match official Marius Mitrea. Born in Romania, Marius moved to Treviso, Italy in 1999 after he finished high school, where he learnt Italian, Spanish, French and English on top of his first Romanian language. In 2006 Marius took up refereeing, and in 2007 he refereed his first match, CUS Padova U15 vs Casale U15 in Padua. He made his international debut in 2010, where he refereed Belgium vs Canada in Brussels.He later refereed in the European Nations Cup before making his Six Nations Championship debut as an assistant referee in 2014 Six Nations Championship. In 2013 he was on the referee panel for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship, where he refereed 3 matches, including the 7th place game between Australia and Ireland. In September 2015, he went to the 2015 Rugby World Cup as an assistant referee.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 8

An extremely warm welcome to today’s match official team, and another hopefully cracking derby game with Ulster. A warm welcome also to our good friend and trusted colleague George Clancy from the Munster Association of Referees. George  has refereed 46 International Rugby Union tests, and refereed at the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups. He has also refereed 65 European Cup games (4th on the all-time list), 17 European Challenge Cup games (including the 2009 & 2011 finals) and 90 Pro 12 games, as well as refereeing at two Junior World Cups and the Hong Kong, Paris and London 7s. He is no strange to derby fixtures and he is a firm favorite here in the RDS.

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