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We were delighted and very proud to learn that the recent Leinster Rugby Referees Annual Awards Ceremony, our own Bryan O’Neill was awarded the Ham Lambert Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bryan has had a long and varied rugby career, playing for all teams from the 1sts down to the J5s between 1963 -1979 . Bryan played for the 1sts during the 1969/70 and 1971/72 seasons. He won a Moran cup medal 1965, a Metro cup medal in 1968 and a 3rd A league medal in 1971.

Educated in CBC Monkstown, Bryan was a referee member of the ARLB (Association of Referees of the Leinster Branch) from 1979-1992, during which time he was fortunate to referee in Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Canada ,US and England.  He was also selected to referee an International in 1986 -Ireland v Scotland Colleges.

He may have hung up his boots in 1992 but continued to be heavily involved in the ARLB, holding the positions of Honorary Treasurer 2016-18 and then President in 2018-19.

If you are interested in following in Bryan’s inspiring footsteps and becoming a referee, please contact us at for further details.

Why become a referee?

  • Stay with the game as an alternative to playing.
  • Social – The social aspect of rugby is renowned. Refereeing is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
  • Fitness – It is a fantastic way to keep fit. The IRFU have the highest level of expertise in this area.
  • Travel – The higher the  level you reach as a referee, the more involvement you will have at European Competitions,  Pro 14 League and the All Ireland League
  • Referees ‘a club within a club’ who meet regularly for meetings. There’s a great team spirit.
  • Ambition – could you referee an international match?
  • Tickets – Referees are allowed to apply for international and provincial match tickets.

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