Presidents Address

I am very honoured to be the first member of Wicklow RFC to be President at any level in Leinster Rugby and I look forward to continuing the qualities of ARLB that has made it the leading association within the IRFU.

I joined ARLB in the 93/84 season and I have refereed at Junior 1 level throughout Leinster and was part of an exchange programme involving the WRU for two seasons. To join ARLB was a natural progression for me when my playing career came to an end , as it was to become an assessor and administrator when retiring from refereeing .

Assessing is something which I enjoy greatly as it involves a close contact with the game through gaining an insight of the referee’s management of the game and to encourage the growth of his/her career.

I have been a member of the executive for the past 3 seasons and during that time new recruits / trial referee’s were my responsibility and with the help of initially David Keane and for the last 2 seasons Dave O Brien together with the area reps we have brought over 60 new referee’s into ARLB. This trend must continue in order to keep pace with retirement and the ever increasing requirement from the Leinster Branch to provide official referee’s to underage games .

If I could offer some advice to all new / trial referee’s , LOOK /LISTEN/LEARN ; watch experienced referee’s /listen to what they have to say/ and learn from it .
Over the last 4 years new committees and structures have been put in place , our association is in good hands and the future looks extremely exciting .
Finally may I wish you all restful summer break from refereeing and see you all at our annual seminar in August.

Pat Carolan
President Leinster Rugby Referess

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Leinster Match Program Article 13

This article appeared in the Treviso match program

The world of refereeing has some quiet periods and then some busy periods. Typically international and Heineken cup weekends are the busiest domestically. There are periods where matches go on and need officiating and but not a lot happens outside of that. Sometimes writing these articles is difficult and sometimes I’m on the edge of making up news or pulling from other resources. This week is different and we have had a lot of good news over the last few weeks.

First mention must go to Helen O’Reilly. Helen is one of the selected referees for the 2014 Womens Rugby World Cup in France this August. Refereeing at Rugby World Cup level is another landmark achievement for Helen after she became Ireland’s first female referee to take charge of a Women’s Six Nations match last year.

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Leinster Match Program Article 12

This article was in the Munster match day program

The annual dinner of the Leinster Rugby Referees is the highlight of our somewhat limited social calendar and is always a great event. This year it again took place in Lansdowne FC under the shadow of the Aviva Stadium on Saturday March 22nd was hosted by Leinster Rugby Referees President Peter Donnelly of St Marys College RFC. A large gathering of provincial presidents, referees, assessor’s guests and friends attended the evening which was organised by the Referees Administration committee under Simon Owens. Brian McNeice was M.C. for the night and ran the show brilliantly with his usual wit.

The administration committee put huge effort into this year’s event and made an emphasis to get more new and younger referees to attend the evening. It was a great success. This year’s guest speaker was former IRFU International Prop Des Fitzgerald. Des Lamont, former referee and member of the IRFU Committee, responded to the toast to the IRFU.

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Leinster Rugby Referees Committee 2014/15

Congratulations to Pat Carolan of Wicklow RFC who was last night elected President of the Leinster Rugby Referees for the 2014/15 season. Wayne Sheridan of Old Wesley RFC was elected Senior Vice President and David McDonald of Seapoint RFC was elected Junior Vice President. We wish them well in the forthcoming season.

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Great video from Leinster Rugby

Leinster Rugby have produced an excellent video on grassroots rugby #OurClubOurProvince – a couple of referees feature in it.

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Area Annual General Meetings 2014.

North Midlands. April 8th. The Silken Thomas Cill Dara. 8pm.
North East. April 15th. Ashbourne RFC. 7.30pm.
Midlands. April 16th.
South East. April 10th. Enniscorthy RFC. 8pm.
Metro. April 16th. Terenure College RFC. 7.30pm

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Matt O’Connor Q&A Session

Matt O’Connor (Leinster Head Coach) will be guest of honour at the Metro Area AGM and will be hosting a Q&A session – next Wednesday 16th April from 8pm in Terenure College RFC – all Metro and non Metro referees and assessors are welcome.


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Leinster Match Program Article 11

Le jour de gloire est arrive ! – the words of the French national anthem. It would be hard not to start and mention Irelands victory in Paris. What a weekend and what a thoroughly deserved victory. Well done to the team and management. It has been a great six nation’s championship and we were lucky enough to have a lot of involvement from Leinster Rugby Referees. Alain Rolland and Dudley Philips represented us in the men’s championship and Helen O’Reilly represented us in the ladies competition. It is of course sad to see Alain bow out, he has been a great ambassador for the Leinster Rugby Referees for a long time now. We wish him well.

One of the highlights for me was the Ireland versus Italy game in the Aviva. It was great to see a large crowd staying back after the game to witness a superb display from the ladies side. What was more pleasing from a Leinster Rugby Referees side was that three of our lady referees were involved on the day. Helen O’Reilly and Susan Carty both ran touch for the game. Susan is a member of St Mary’s College and the IRB Women’s Development Officer. Aoife McCarthy, another international referee, was the fourth official and Gary Glennon was blessed amongst women as 5th official. It is a great achievement for us to have so many ladies involved in refereeing and we hope this number grows over the next few years.

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A message from the President

Helen O’Reilly appointed to Womens Rugby World Cup 2104

As President of the ARLB I was delighted to hear of the appointment of Helen O’Reilly to the Referee Panel for the forthcoming Womens Rugby World Cup finals in France in August 2014. This is a wonderful achievement for Helen and just reward for all her hard work and dedication. We will all be watching her progress and hoping that she achieves the ultimate reward.

We should all share in Helen’s achievement. Her progress to this level whilst indicative of her ambition, dedication and commitment is also acknowledgement of the quality of work undertaken by our Rugby Committee, in particular, and all members involved in referee selection, assessment, mentoring and coaching.

Well done Helen.

On behalf of all members I wish you every success at the Finals.

Peter C Donnelly



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