The IRFU are pleased to confirm that seven referees have taken up professional contracts. The referees will receive dedicated coaching, analysis and support for their strength & conditioning and nutritional needs.
The seven contracted referees are Andrew Brace, George Clancy, Sean Gallagher, John Lacey, Frank Murphy, Joy Neville and David Wilkinson.
The new season kicked off on the golf course rather than the rugby pitch. On August 31st we held the combined Leinster Rugby / Leinster Rugby Referees golf outing in Milltown Golf Club. A cracking day was had by all, and the weather played its part too with a beautiful sunny day. We had 21 members and 4 guests playing in Milltown GC.
The Brindley Cup was won by Brendan Lynch with 38 points and followed closely by Mark Gargan (37 points), Peter Donnelly (33) and Bryan O’Neill (31). It is not Brendan’s first time lifting the trophy and he played some magnificent golf. David Bolger with 34 points won the Jim Dolan Memorial Plate for the best placed active member of the ARLB. Our appreciation is due to Simon ‘Nigel’ Owens who arranged the outing in conjunction with the Leinster Branch’s own competition. Conor Byrne in his presidential speech thanked all for attending and appealed to other members to support the event in the future.
It is with deep sadness that I have to advise the passing of Michael O'Dea former President ARLB 1999/00.
May he rest in peace.
Michael James O'Dea of Clonkeen Drive, Dublin 18, died suddenly but peacefully,...