“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Cillian Hogan on been appointed to referee the JCT Bank of Ireland Cup Final and wish him and his team ie Tim Townend (Sub Ref), Susan Carty (TJ), Jonathan Hollywood (No.4) and Tom Colton (No.5) the best of luck today.”
As you know, we regard our Annual Dinner as one of the main highlights of our year. It is a celebration of the 2017/18 season that, so far at least, has been very successful for the ARLB. That success is entirely down to your efforts, both on and off the pitch. The Dinner is also where we get to meet up with the other members of OUR club and renew friendships that are otherwise not easy to maintain. We will also be honouring 3 very deserving members of our Association with Awards.
This year, the Dinner will take place on Saturday 24th March, in Lansdowne FC. Amongst others, we will be joined by the President of the IRFU Philip Orr. Eoghan O Neachtain probably best known to you as a rugby analyst with TG 4 over many years and who has the added distinction of serving as Press Secretary to three different Taoisigh and Governments will reply to the toast on behalf of the guest!.
As your President, I have represented the ARLB at many functions/events this season. More specifically, the ARLB President has traditionally been invited to the annual dinners of Leinster clubs and has always and without exception being treated as a special guest, and with great courtesy and respect. Whilst delighted to accept on your behalf, the real “thank you” must go to you.
I thank you in advance and ask if you could email Wayne Sheridan either “YES” or “NO” shortly via firstname.lastname@example.org (and return your completed Application Form to Denis as appropriate).
On behalf of the ARLB I would like to take this opportunity to both congratulate our team of three Nigel Correll (Referee), Helen O’Reilly (Sub Referee) and Marcus Casey (Touch Judge) on been appointed to officiate at this coming weekends SCT Bank of Ireland Cup Final between Belvedere College SCT v Blackrock SCT and to wish them all the best of luck on the day.
I acknowledge the remainder of the Team and wish them well with in their roles, namely Padraig Reidy 4th Official and Ross Hanan 5th, TomTouhy Assessor and KevinBeggs Televivision Match Official.
A warm welcome to today’s officiating team of John Lacey (MAR), Frank Murphy, and Jonathon Peak. John is no stranger to Leinster fans and is a former Ireland A and Ireland Sevens international. As a player, Lacey spent most of career with Shannon in the All-Ireland League racking up an impressive medal collection. He has also represented Munster on a number of occasions. As an international referee he has taken charge of matches in the Six Nations Championship, the Rugby Championship and the Rugby World Cup. He also refereed the 2013 Pro12 Grand Final and the 2015–16 and 2016–17 European Rugby Challenge Cup finals.
Firstly, we wish to congratulate the amazing Helen O’Reilly on a fantastic international refereeing career. Helen recently refereed her 25th and final international match when Scotland recently took on Spain at Scotstoun Stadium. She has been and continues to be a great ambassador for the Leinster Rugby Referees.