Towns Cup Final

On behalf of myself and the ARLB I would like to extend my congratulations to John Montayne on being appointed to referee the Bank of Ireland Provincial Towns Cup Final which takes place this Sunday 29th April 2018 and wish him and Colm Roche (Sub Ref), Duncan Duke (Touch Judge), Simon Porter (4th Official) and Danny Fagan (5th Official) the best of luck on the day.

Conor Byrne
President ARLB 2017/18

Referees are People of the Year…

Congratulations to Chris Reynolds, Leinster Referee and Director of the Irish Coast Guard who accepted the People of the Year Award on behalf of the Coast Guard at the ceremony on Sunday night.

The Irish Coast Guard, the crew of Rescue 116, Caitríona Lucas and the community of Erris were honoured at the People of the Year Awards.

They were awarded in recognition of the heroic work by the men and women of the Irish Coast Guard who risk their lives to assist maritime and coastal communities, while the people of Erris were recognised for their contribution to the search for the missing crew of Rescue 116.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 12

A very warm welcome to todays Match Official Jerome Garces and his team. Jerome is one of our favorite referees in the Leinster Rugby Referees and it is always a pleasure to see him back. He made his first full international appearance in 2010, after refereeing the 2009 Junior World Championship in Japan. During the 2014 Autumn Internationals Jerome took charge of the Cook Cup match between Australia and England at Twickenham. Jerome won notable praise from both coaches due to the high level of fitness he showed in the match.

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Wayne Sheridan hangs up the whistle.

Well done to our former President Wayne ‘Mush’ Sheridan on a superb refereeing career. Mush is a complete member of our organisation, a leader, a mentor, a figurehead and most importantly a good friend.

Wayne hung up the whistle last week after refereeing an Old Wesley Junior selection vs Dutch side Pickwick Players.

Leinster Match Program – Article 11

From Februarys Kings Match Program

A warm welcome to today’s officiating team. Sadly at time of writing I have no idea who they are.


Joy Neville

We wish to extend warm congratulations to Joy Neville on her recent Pro 14 appointment. She added another piece of history to her already impressive CV when she took charge of Ulster’s 59-10 win over Southern Kings in the Guinness Pro14 at the Kingspan Stadium.

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Annual Dinner Award Winners

Congratulations to all our award winners for  the 2017/18 season. The winners were:

Cillian Hogan receives his award from Alain Rolland accompanied by Norman Camier and Conor Byrne President ARLB







Winner of the Alain Rolland Refereeing Performance of the Year Award – Cillian Hogan

Brian Pender with the Ham Lamber Lifetime Achievement Award









Winner of the Ham Lambert Lifetime Achievement Award – Brian Pender

Conor Byrne President ARLB presents Paul Short President Old Wesley RFC with the Terry Doyle Memorial Trophy for Club of the Year.







Winner of the Terry Doyle Memorial Trophy for Club of the Year – Old Wesley RFC

The Old Wesley delegation with the award.







Winner of the Harold Ardill Referee of the Year – TBC


Annual General Meeting

Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting of the ARLB will be held at Old Wesley RFC (by kind permission) at 7:30 pm, on Thursday the 26th April, 2018.

Any Nominations for Membership of the Executive Committee, must be submitted to the Honorary Secretary on the relevant form within fourteen days of the date of issue of this notice (March 16th).

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 (and return your completed Application Form to Denis as appropriate).

Conor Byrne.