Lewis visits Ashbourne

International referee Alan Lewis visited Ashbourne RFC to deliver his ‘Art of Refereeing’ presentation to the North East Area of the Leinster rugby referees. Over 40 referees from all over Leinster attended the meeting, Alan enthralled all present with his excellent communication style and gave good advice to all and it was clear that referees of all levels took away new skills to apply to their next match.

Refreshments were kindly provided by Ashbourne rugby club on the night, which everyone enjoyed while having the opportunity to chat to Alan after the presentation.
The North East Area of the Leinster rugby referees would like to thank Alan for a memorable presentation.
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New member – Helen O’Reilly

The Leinster Rugby referees are delighted to welcome Helen O Reilly as a new member. Helen O’Reilly is 35 works as a Civil Servant and lives in Ashbourne, Meath. She played rugby for 10 years. First became interested in rugby in the late 90’s after travelling in Australia and joined Ashbourne RFC when she returned in 2000. Played with Ashbourne as outside centre for 5 years, before moving to St Marys RFC in Templeogue.
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General Members Workshop

There will be a General Members Workshop on Thursday 24th February at 19:30 at St Mary’s College RFC (downstairs).


  • DVD on TMO calls
  • Good discussion on in goal law and positioning

Presenter Dave McHugh and Peter Fitzgibbon

Referee Corner with Dermot Blake

Dermot Blake began refereeing in Limerick while working in a school in 2005 but it wasn’t until the following 2006/07 season that he decided to get serious and he says that he is delighted that he did…

Blake says: “I got excellent coaching from the likes of Noel Moore and John Cole in while in Limerick and this excellent coaching continued when I moved back to Dublin and joined the ARLB with the likes of Tom Aplin guiding me along the way. Continue reading Referee Corner with Dermot Blake

North East Area Meeting

The North East Area Leinster Rugby Referees is delighted to invite

Alan Lewis to Ashbourne RFC on Wednesday February 16th at 7:30pm

Alan will give an interactive presentation on the art of refereeing and answer any questions you may have on your own game. All are welcome.

Denis Connolly RIP

It is with the deepest regret that we announce the sudden death of Denis Connolly RIP, a long standing and active member of Leinster & Connacht Rugby Referees.

On behalf of the President, Executive Committee and the Members of the Association, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Denis’s wife Mary, his family and Denis’s club, Edenderry RFC.


Ar Dheis Dé Go Raibh a Anam.

Message from the President


A huge amount of work is being put into assessing and coaching this season, as promised at the annual seminar. We were ahead of schedule prior to the adverse weather over the winter but unfortunately this work was slowed down due to the snow, ice and fixture cancellations.

We will be working flat out over the coming months, until the end of the season to meet our assessing quota and would like to ensure all referees that they will be assessed at least once this season. Continue reading Message from the President