Tom Horgan (RIP)

Late of Slieve Rua Drive, Stillorgan and of MERC Partners, Dublin, May 25th 2014, at the Bailey Hospice, St Augustine, Florida beloved husband of Adele and much loved father to Jennifer, Kilian, Tony, Joe and Cearull, and grandfather to Hannah, Molly, Ciaran, Cian, Caleb and Sairsha; sadly missed by his brothers and sisters, brothers in law and sisters in law, nephews, nieces, cousins, extended family and friends.

Family flowers only, donations to a cancer charity.

A Memorial Mass will take place on:
Wednesday 4th of June 11.30am
Church of Saint Thérèse,
Mount Merrion.
Co Dublin

Tom came to Dublin from Cork Constitution and joined Wanderers FC, later becoming a member of the ARLB. progressing to senior referee level becoming Junior Vice-President in 1993-4 and serving as President in 1995-6. Before the end of his term of office relocated to California where he lived until his retirement a few years ago when moved to Florida.

He retained contact with a number of members of the ARLB, meeting them for lunch on his regular trips back to Dublin. He was diagnosed with cancer in late 2013. He was aged 71 when he died.

Leinster Match Program – Article 14

This article appeared in the Edinburgh Match Program

Pat Carolan from Wicklow RFC is the new president of the Leinster Rugby Referees following the Annual General Meeting last week. Pat has been a member of the referees for over 15 years and he takes over from Peter Donnelly as President. Peter has had a memorable presidency, brought to this office his renowned and considerable professional administrative skills. A legacy of Peter’s year in office will be his driving of,  and contribution to the up-grading and development of the IT system, [designed by John Montayne] for  streamlining the administration of the appointments of referees and assessors and the filing of reports and the creation of a realistic data base for the use of the grading and selection committees. We wish Pat well in his new role. It is a great honor for him and for his club.

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IRFU Panels 2014/15 – Leinster Referees

The IRFU Panels for 2104/15 were announced yesterday. Well done to Cillian Hogan who was promoted from IPAS to the panel. Well done also to Brian Deighan, a former Leinster Referee, who was also promoted to the panel from IPAS. Kevin Beggs has retired from the panel after a number of years. Well done to Kevin on his outstanding service over the last number of years.


Level 1
D. Phillips

Level 2
G. Conway

Level 3
S. Gallagher
N. Correll

“A” Panel

D. Blake P. Haycock
J. Carvill K. Henley-Willis
D. Collins S. Douglas
B. MacNeice G. Glennon

“B” Panel

B. Deighan (Former ARLB) G. Sheridan (Former ARLB)
E. Kenny B. O’Keeffe D. Williams
C. Hogan

Leinster boy doing well.

Well done to Glenn Sheridan, son of our Senior Vice President Wayne and former Leinster Rugby Referee who was voted Association of Referees, Connacht Branch member of the year.

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

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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