Happy Christmas

The president, Pat Carolan, on behalf of the Leinster Rugby Referees committee wishes to extend a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year to all members.

Leinster Match Program – Article 8

This article appeared in the Connacht Match Program


With Christmas the domestic season takes a short break but for our National Panel referees the break is a short one. Many are coming off EPRC games in Europe and will be straight into the Guinness Pro 12 Christmas season. Most games held at this time of year are derby games which in the past has seen mainly Irish referees referee Irish provinces. At any one game 4 or 5 referees from Ireland may be involved. They will be taking it easy on the sherry this year. A warm welcome to Andy Brace and Leo Colgan from the Munster Association of Referees today, both of whom are running touch.

In Leinster, following a successful start to the season, the referees will be meeting up for our annual Christmas party. The location, time and date is a secret. Normally a rather quiet affair where we will reminisce on the year gone by over some brandy and port.

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Leinster Match Program – Article 7

Leinster Rugby Referees – Best Year of Recruitment Ever

 (This article appeared in the Harlequins Champions Cup Program)

The Leinster Rugby Referees have undertaken their most successful recruitment drive to date.

This season 60 new recruits from across the province have entered the Leinster Rugby Referees trial process.  As usual the biggest intake was in the Metro area.  So this year in an attempt to encourage more participation in refereeing outside of Dublin, the Leinster Rugby Referees, in conjunction with the IRFU and Leinster Rugby, have implemented a Community Referee grade within the ranks of the Leinster Rugby Referees.  Unlike regular recruits, who referee matches at all levels across the province, community referees will primarily service youths rugby in their locality.

The Community Referee Scheme has gotten off to a fantastic start with 18 community recruits attending the new referees workshop in September.   The North Midlands and Midlands saw the highest take up and these areas are now seeing most youth matches having Leinster Rugby Referees referees appointed.

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Referee Honoured in Terenure

Referee Pat Dempsey was honoured by both sides as he took charge of his last game in Terenure College RFC yesterday. Retiring on the eve of his 60th birthday, Pat held the whistle for the Metro Division 8 match between Terenure and Seapoint. Pat had to draw on all his experience for a close, hard fought match that finished 16-12 to Terenure College as they kept pace with NUIM Barnhall at the top of the table.

After the match, both sides honoured Pat, with Terenure captain Fionnbhar Maguire presenting him with a Terenure scarf in honour of his decades of service to the game. In the grand traditions of the ARLB, Pat has refereed up and down the leagues over the years, dedicating a huge amount of time to ensure that games not only went ahead, but that they were fair and enjoyable for all involved.


We wish Pat all the best in his retirement, and hope that he gets as much enjoyment from watching the game as he did from being the man in the middle!



Helen O’Reilly appointed to National Referees Panel.

We are pleased to advise that , based on her performances in WRWC and in recent IPAS matches, Helen O’Reilly is appointed to the Referee National Panels, Level B effective immediately.


While this is based solely on merit Helen is also heartily congratulated on becoming the first female referee to achieve this status.

The President of the Leinster Rugby Referees, Pat Carolan, wishes to extend his heartiest congratulations to Helen on her well deserved and hard earned promotion to the National Panel.

Did you know?

Did you know?

Dudley Phillips will referee his 25th European game this weekend. His first game was Rugby Parma v Bourgoin on December 12th 2009. He has refereed 18 Challenge Cup games and 6 Heineken Cup games.


Competition Referee
2009-2010 – Amlin Challenge Cup 2
2010-2011 – Amlin Challenge Cup 5
2011-2012 – Amlin Challenge Cup 4
2011-2012 – Heineken Cup 1
2012-2013 – Amlin Challenge Cup 4
2012-2013 – Heineken Cup 2
2013-2014 – Amlin Challenge Cup 3
2013-2014 – Heineken Cup 3
Total: Amlin Challenge Cup 18
Total: Heineken Cup 6

Leinster Match Program – Article 6

This article appeared in the Ospreys match program

We were delighted to welcome Glen Jackson and Mike Frazer to speak to the Leinster Referees whilst they were in Dublin to officiate at the Ireland versus Australia game. Glen took a similar route to refereeing to John Lacey of Munster. He is a professional full-time referee for New Zealand Rugby Union and also a former New Zealand rugby union player. Domestically, he represented Bay of Plenty and Waikato in the NPC and the Saracens in the UK’s Guinness Premiership whom he joined in 2004. He represented the Chiefs for the 1999 Super Rugby season and had international experience as well with the Māori All Blacks and the Barbarians. In 2007 he was voted The Professional Rugby Players’ Association player of the. Quite a decent rugby career.


In2010 he retired to become a professional referee in New Zealand and was fast-tracked into the professional rugby ranks by Lyndon Bray, then the head of referees for the New Zealand Rugby Union. Within a year of his return to New Zealand, he went from refereeing provincial rugby games in the Heartland Championship to officiating in the ITM Cup at the top provincial level to being an assistant referee in Super Rugby competition. By the end of the 2011 Super Rugby season, he had worked his first match as referee in that competition, having presided over the Hurricanes−Western Force. Shortly after the end of that season, he made his international officiating debut as television match official for the Bledisloe Cup Test.

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