Kindertransport in aid of CRY-Ireland and in memory of Paul Cusack

As most of you know we are coming up to Paul Cusack’s first Anniversary, still hard to believe he is gone.
His family are involved in a Theatre Production of Kindertransport in Terenure College and its Charity Partner is Cardiac Risk in the Young …(CRY)

Centre Stage Players
The Irish Première
Diane Samuels
On the 75th Anniversary of Kindertransport
The Donal McCann Theatre
Terenure College
at 8 p.m.

Tuesday 22nd October – Saturday 26th 2013

Directed by Eva Coffey

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G.P. Maher RIP

It is with regret we announce the sudden and untimely passing of our esteemed member and former President, Mr Gerard Maher R.I.P.

To his wife Ann, his children, his mother and all his relatives and friends, on behalf of the Association of Referees, Leinster Branch, IRFU, our President Peter Donnelly extends our sincere sympathy at this very sad time.

As a long-standing member, Gerry served our Association with distinction, at all levels and in a wide variety of roles, as Referee, Assessor, Administrator and facilitator of our Annual Seminars – a role in which we all came to admire his great wit and humour, not forgetting his ability to guide us through them in a timely manner.

Our Association has been enriched by his wisdom and the service he gave it.

May he rest in peace.
Ar dheis Dei go raibh a anam dilis.


Reposing at

J. Maher and Sons
Funeral Home
Birr Road
Co. Tipperary

From 4pm Friday 18th October

Removal at 8pm to arrive at 8.30pm at
St Cronan’s Church
Church Road

Funeral Mass
Saturday 19th October 11am
Followed by burial in

St. Josephs Cemetery
Co Tipperary

Leinster Match Program – Article 2 2013/14

This article appeared in the Cardiff Rabo Match Program

Annual Golf Outing

The start of the season usually sees the referee’s first social outing of the year. This year was no different as the annual golf outing took place in Woodbrook Golf Club outside Bray in Wicklow. Over 40 referees hit the tee boxes for the afternoon. The course was in splendid conditions with the greens proving difficult to stay on. Ciaran McGowan retained the trophy for another year with a splendid display of luck. Donal Brady won the active referees prize after dodging a few stay balls from behind. Clive Connolly won the visitors prize and Phil Smith won the mugs cup. Even Denis Collins who has won the mugs cup multiple times said he would have struggled to post a lower score than Phil.

Following the golf the referees retired for cigars and brandy, well not quite, but an excellent meal served up in the club house. The President Peter Donnelly handed out the prizes and thanked Woodbrook for hosting the outing. Many thanks also went to Simon ‘Nigel’ Owens for organising the event along with the administration committee for their efforts.

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HEC Match officials to October 20

Heineken Cup, Round 2

Northampton Saints vs Ospreys

Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Stuart Gaffikin (Ireland), Jonathan Peak (Ireland)
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
Timekeeper: David Hudson (England)
Assessor: Gianni Romano (Italy)
Citing commissioner: Eddie Walsh (Ireland)

Clermont Auvergne vs Harlequins

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), Barrie O’Connell (Ireland)
Television match official: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)

Amlin Challenge Cup, Round 2

London Wasps vs Bayonne
Referee: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Michael Black (Ireland), Kevin Beggs (Ireland)
Television match official: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)
Timekeeper: Roy Marfleet (England)


Bath vs Newport Gwent Dragons

Referee: Giuseppe Vivarini (Italy)
Assistant referees: Alan Falzone (Italy), Claudio Passacantando (Italy)
Timekeeper: Matthew Peters (England)
Assessor: Michael Carroll (Ireland)

Brive vs Newcastle Falcons
Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)
Television match official: Alan Rogan (Ireland)
Assessor: Michel Lamoulie (France)

HEC Match officials to October 13

Match officials to October 13.

Heineken and Amlin Cup, Round 1

Benetton Treviso vs Montpellier

Referee: Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Kieran Barry (Ireland), Eanna O’Dowd (Ireland)
Television match official: Kevin Beggs (Ireland)
Timekeeper: Brian Abrahams (England)

Castres Olympique vs Northampton Saints

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Gary Conway (Ireland) ,Eddie Hogan-O’Connell (Ireland)
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Oyonnax vs Worcester Warriors 

Referee: Leo Colgan (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Mark Patton (Ireland), Paul Haycock (Ireland)

Officials named for November Tests

Officials named for November Tests.

The IRB has announced the match official appointments for a record programme of November Tests.

With the IRB committed to delivering an expanded competition schedule for tier two Unions in the June and November windows, the programme gives important opportunities for the next generation of international match officials to perform in the Test arena, while also maintaining the policy of appointing the top referees to the highest-level matches.

In total, 28 referees have been appointed to the November internationals. They are: Claudio Antonio (Argentina), Chris Assmus (Canada), Wayne Barnes (England), Stuart Berry (South Africa), George Clancy (Ireland), Ian Davies (Wales), JP Doyle (England), Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Jérôme Garces (France), Greg Garner (England), Pascal Gauzere (France), Leighton Hodges (Wales), Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Craig Joubert (South Africa), John Lacey (Ireland), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), Marius Mitrea (Italy), Joaquin Montes (Uruguay), Nigel Owens (Wales), Francisco Pastrana (Argentina), Luke Pearce (England), Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Dudley Phillips (Ireland), Romain Poite (France), Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Alain Rolland (Ireland), Juan Sylvestre (Argentina) and Steve Walsh (Australia).

Safety Links

As you can see we have a new safety links menu on the website. All referees should read and follow the information in these links.

They include:

  • IRFU Referee Safety Video
  • Concussion – Refereeing practical guidelines
  • IRB Law 3.9 – The referees power to stop a player from continuing
  • IRFU Concussion Poster
  • IRB Player Welfare Website


Leinster Match Program – Article 1 2013/14

This article appeared in the Ospreys Match 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 17th in St Marys College RFC. 175 plus referees attended the day, one of 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.  Peter Donnelly, President of the Leinster Rugby Referees opened proceedings, welcoming the referees to another season and wishing them well. We were delighted to welcome International Referee and IRFU Referee Development Officer Peter Fitzgibbon to our meeting. Peter spoke about various aspects of refereeing including the breakdown and advantage. After the break he moved onto one of the key changes for the season – the new scrum law trials. The IRB announced last season, that this season would see the implementation of a global trial of the “crouch, bind, set” scrum engagement sequence, which is aimed at enhancing player welfare by reducing impact on engagements by up to 25 per cent.  Implementation has already started in the Irish domestic game and Peter introduced these changes to the members. In a revision of the “crouch, touch, set” engagement sequence trialled last year propos, this season, will be expected to bind using their outside arm after the referee has called “bind”. It will be interesting to see how this change develops. This season there will also be a great emphasis on the scrum half putting the ball in straight which will see the hooker having to hook for the ball for a change.

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