I am honoured to be President of the Association of Referees Leinster Branch for the season 2019-2020, I am the 101st person to hold this position.
I joined the ARLB in 1987 and was fortunate to remain fit and committed enough to be an active referee for 30 years During the last 3 years as an active referee I was the Midland’s Area Rep on the ARLB Exec.
I am the second person from my club Roscrea RFC to be President following the late Gerard P Maher 2004-2005
The ARLB has many dedicated members who contribute to the successful running of the Association both on and off the field. In excess of 5000 appointment are completed each season and this is expected to increase particularly with more girls and women now playing rugby.
Last season 32 new members successfully completed trials and were elected full members. We are always looking to recruit new members and have the structures and training programmes in place to ensure that every referee can achieve their potential with the possibility of refereeing at the highest level.
I also want to thank those referees who are no longer active and have progressed to take up roles as coaches, mentors, selectors, assessors, administrators, etc.
I wish every member the very best for the 2019-2020 season
Association of Referees Leinster Branch.