Helen O’Reilly to referee World Cup Semi Final

Helen’s superb refereeing form has been rewarded with an appointment to referee France v Canada on Wednesday. Kick off is 19.45 Irish Time and the game will be live on Sky Sports. Helen has already refereed the first two rounds of the tournament (France v Wales and Canada v Samoa).


This is a richly deserved appointment and a credit to the hard work that Helen has put in during the year. We all wish her well.

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Helen O’Reilly to referee France’s opener.

Leinster’s Helen O’Reilly has been given the honour of refereeing the hosts in the last match of an action-packed opening day of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France when it kicks off on Friday.

The match sees the reigning Grand Slam champions take on Wales in what is a vital match for both teams with the losers’ hopes of reaching the last-four seriously dented.

It promises to be a fantastic occasion with a large crowd and the game being broadcast live on Sky Sports 3.

Since being selected for the World Cup match official panel last April no stone has been left unturned in Helen O’Reilly’s training with IRFU referee development officer Dave O’Brien overseeing her preparation.

Dave outlined: “We have ensured that Helen has been getting top class technical support from a referee coaching perspective.

“She has also been on a strict conditioning and nutrition program overseen by Irish Women’s team conditioning coach Marian Earls and IRFU performance nutritionist Ruth Wood-Martin respectively and we have seen significant improvements in all aspects of her refereeing.”

As part of her preparation, Helen refereed three international matches over the summer – taking charge of England v USA twice followed by Ireland v Wales in Malahide RFC on July 20.

IRFU director of referees Owen Doyle wished Helen the best of luck, stating: “We are delighted with Helen’s appointment in the opening round of the tournament.

“Her hard work, dedication and strong refereeing performances have propelled her into the top handful of female referees in the world.

“This is in keeping with our strong tradition of providing top quality referees on the world stage. We in the IRFU wish her all the best of luck this Friday and over the course of the tournament.”

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Dates for your diaries

Further information on individual events will follow closer to the relevant date.

1. Annual Seminar: Sunday August 17th venue St.Marys

2. Annual Golf: Friday September 19th venue Rathfarnham Golf Club

3. Annual Dinner Former Presidents: Thursday November 20th Killiney Golf Club

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IPAS 2014/15

Congratulations to Colm Dawson, Aidan Fogarty and Tim Townend who have been selected for IPAS for 2014/15. Good luck boys.

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Men in Black – Setanta Sports

The Setanta Sports documentary will feature Alain Rolland on Friday 27th June at 9pm. Well worth a view.

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Martin Nunan – USRFR?

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Martin “The Turncoat” Nunan refereeing the disability Tag in Belfast and was FORCED to wear the Ulster refs jersey.

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International match officials to June 8

The match officials for the opening weekend of the June internationals have been announced, with Nigel Owens in the middle at Eden Park and Ireland’s George Clancy in charge in South Africa.


South Africa vs World XV
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)
Timekeeper: Albert Mocke (South Africa)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)

New Zealand vs England at Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Jérôme Garcès (France)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Assessor: Andrew Cole (Australia)

Fiji vs Italy at National Stadium, Suva
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant referees: Johan Hoffmann (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)

Australia vs France at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)

Argentina vs Ireland at Estadio Centenario, Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Assessor: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

USA vs Scotland in Houston
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Francesco Pastrana (Argentina), Chris Assmus (Canada)
Television match official: Alan Hosie (Scotland)
Assessor: Donal Courtney (Ireland)

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Michael O’Donohoe (RIP)

The death has take place of Mick O’Donohoe, former ARLB referee and assessor and member of Terenure College RFC.

Beloved husband of Pauline and an exceptional father to Ciarán, Killian and Donnach.  Will be deeply missed by his daughters-in-law Mairéad, Caroline and Rhona, his eight grandchildren, sisters Marian and Therese, brothers-in-law Matt and Neville, sister-in-law Angela, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass on (Tuesday) at 10.30 a.m. in Terenure College followed by burial in Mount Venus Cemetery.  Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.

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Tom Horgan (RIP)

Late of Slieve Rua Drive, Stillorgan and of MERC Partners, Dublin, May 25th 2014, at the Bailey Hospice, St Augustine, Florida beloved husband of Adele and much loved father to Jennifer, Kilian, Tony, Joe and Cearull, and grandfather to Hannah, Molly, Ciaran, Cian, Caleb and Sairsha; sadly missed by his brothers and sisters, brothers in law and sisters in law, nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family and friends.

Family flowers only, donations to a cancer charity.

A Memorial Mass will take place on:
Wednesday 4th of June 11.30am
Church of Saint Thérèse,
Mount Merrion.
Co Dublin

Tom came to Dublin from Cork Constitution and joined Wanderers FC, later becoming a member of the ARLB. progressing to senior referee level becoming Junior Vice-President in 1993-4 and serving as President in 1995-6. Before the end of his term of office relocated to California where he lived until his retirement a few years ago when moved to Florida.

He retained contact with a number of members of the ARLB, meeting them for lunch on his regular trips back to Dublin. He was diagnosed with cancer in late 2013. He was aged 71 when he died.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 14

This article appeared in the Edinburgh Match Program

Pat Carolan from Wicklow RFC is the new president of the Leinster Rugby Referees following the Annual General Meeting last week. Pat has been a member of the referees for over 15 years and he takes over from Peter Donnelly as President. Peter has had a memorable presidency, brought to this office his renowned and considerable professional administrative skills. A legacy of Peter’s year in office will be his driving of,  and contribution to the up-grading and development of the IT system, [designed by John Montayne] for  streamlining the administration of the appointments of referees and assessors and the filing of reports and the creation of a realistic data base for the use of the grading and selection committees. We wish Pat well in his new role. It is a great honor for him and for his club.

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