9 Dec, 12:44
Munster Rugby and IRFU Referee Department have just completed their very successful joint venture to find the next generation of referees in schools within the Limerick area.
Benefits of becoming a Referee
Details of upcoming New Referee Course
14th September 2008 Mallow GAA Club
Bruff's George Clancy refereed five Heineken Cup matches last year and was also appointed to the IRB Elite Referees Panel in April. He refereed England v Barbarians in Twickenham at the start of June, and his first full international test between South Africa and Italy in Capetown.
Peter Fitzgibbon of Thomond RFC followed on from a successful Heineken Cup debut in Cardiff v Bristol, to finish his season on a high by refereeing the inaugral World Junior Final between New Zealand and England in Wales. In June he was appointed as the IRFU's Leisure Rugby Referee Development Officer.
Former Munster winger/fullback and Regional Development Officer John Lacey made a dramatic impact during his first season as a referee, refereeing the AIB Junior Cup Final between Navan and Tullamore, and finished the season by gaining promotion to the IRFU National Panel Contracted Level 3.
Leo Colgan, Garryowen, continues to make a name for himself domestically, refereeing many high profile fixtures, culminating with the end of season game between Old Crescent and Young Munster in front of a five thousand strong crowd. He also touch judged in E.R.C. Heineken Cup games again this year.
The highlight of Darragh McCormack's season (Waterpark) was representing Ireland at the FIRA Youth Tournament in Treviso over Easter.
Following a successful A.I.B League season, Kinsale's Declan Browne, was promoted to the National Referee "A" Panel.
Both UL Boh's Dave O'Shea and Barrie O'Connell successfully came through the IRFU's IPAS (InterProvincial Appointments System) series of games to bring the M.A.R's total representation on the IRFU National Referees Panel to 17.
Current AIB League Referees from Munster
George Clancy (Bruff)
Peter Fitzgibbon (Thomond)
Leo Colgan (Garryowen)
John Lacey (Clanwilliam)
Declan Browne (Kinsale)
Trevor Collins (Bandon)
Darragh McCormack (Waterpark)
Peter Roche (Old Crescent)
Dermot Moloney (unattached)
Seamus Flannery (Old Crescent)
Frank Butler (Ennis)
Mike Kennedy (Old Crescent)
Barrie O'Connell (unattached)
Dave O'Flynn (Dolphin)
Dave O' Shea (UL Bohs)
Jude Quinn (St. Senans)
Brian Twomey (unattached)