Kevin Kelleher RIP

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our former President (1979/80), President Leinster Rugby (1977/78) and International Referee Kevin Kelleher. Kevin was also chairman of the Leinster Schools committee for a number...

Helen O’Reilly in action

Some highlights of Helen O'Reilly in action in New Zealand last night. Well done to Helen from all of us at Leinster Rugby Referees.  ...

Leinster Match Program – Article 4

This article appeared in the Castres match day program

Annual Seminar

The Leinster Rugby Referees season is back in full swing after the summer break. The season kicked off with our annual seminar on August 21st in Old Wesley RFC’s splendid new clubhouse. 180 plus referees attended the day,our largest attendances to date showing the increase popularity in refereeing within Leinster and the excellent work done by the IRFU Recruitment officers and area representatives.  David MacDonald, President of the Leinster Rugby Referees, and Old Wesley member opened proceedings, welcoming the referees to another season and wishing them well.

We were delighted to welcome back Sean Gallagher, a Leinster referee currently working in Connacht as the IRFU Development Officer there. Sean conducted the pre-Season presentation and the key points and focus areas for referees this season including the new law changes for the season. These include Rugby Values – Players appealing for decisions, playing acting, diving or displaying un-sportsmanlike behaviour must be sanctioned / managed.  Players exaggerating an offence may have that penalty reversed and simulation should be penalised as a minimum. These facets are something we have seen throughout the rugby world cup. A full list can be found on our website

Ultan Daly – 20 years a groundskeeping

Congratulations to Ultan Daly on an amazing 20 years in Leinster Rugby. Many of us cross paths with Ultan, mainly in Donnybrook or the RDS before, during and after matches. He always receives referees with...

Leinster Match Program – Article 3

This article appeared in the Munster match day program.

Contributed by Mr Denis Collins.

Brothers In Arms –  The Seapoint Duo

Over the last 15 years many rugby players, coaches and spectators would have come across one of the Montayne brothers visiting their club to referee a match. Often they are even mixed up for one another. Brian & John Montayne have been refereeing in Ireland for over 15 years officiating at all levels of the game both within Leinster and at a national level. Between them they have officiated in over 500 fixtures including competitions such as the Womens 6 Nations, Schools/Youth Inter Provincials, Heineken Cup, British & Irish Cup, Pro12, All Ireland League, Leinster Schools Cup, Leinster Senior Cup, Metropolitan Cup, Provincial Towns Cup to name but a few.


This may seem not that unusual but in itself they have created some history. Both members of Seapoint Rubgy Club (a Junior club at the time) were appointed to the National Panel of the IRFU, the first ever set of brothers in Ireland to have been appointed with such honours. For a Junior club this was a great achievement not only to have one but two members refereeing at Senior level in the country. It wasn’t long after when Seapoint themselves attained Senior status.

Brian, a Senior ESB engineer  and John, a Senior lecturer at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology come from a long line of Seapoint members involved with the ARLB including Jim Breen, a former president, Denis Collins, administrator of ARLB and David McDonald the current president of the ARLB.

We put some question to both Brothers about their time refereeing and what it meant to them to have been both involved.

European Appointments

European Challenge Cup Bath Rugby v  Bristol      Thursday 20/10/16 TMO      Kevin Beggs Worcester v Brive Saturday 22/10/16 Referee               Gary Conway Lyon v   Ospreys Saturday 22/10/16 Sub Referee       Nigel Correll Touch Judge       John Carvill TMO      Brian MacNeice Gloucester Rugby   v Treviso Saturday 22/10/16 Referee               Dudley Phillips Sub Referee       Paul Haycock...

European Rugby Round 1 Match Officials

Champions Cup Leinster Rugby v Castres Olympique @RDS Referee: Matthew Carley (England) RC Toulon v Saracens @Toulon Referee: John Lacey (Ireland) AR2: Paul Haycock (Ireland) Exeter vs Clermont @ Sandy Park Referee: George Clancy (Ireland) AR2: John Carvill (Ireland) TMO: Brian McNeice (Ireland) Challenge Cup Grenoble vs Lyon @ Stade des...