Sunday 25 September 2016

The brothers behind crucial match calls

Published 04/10/2015 | 02:30

Referee Glen Jackson shows the yellow card to Australia's Kuridrani in the Rugby World Cup.
Referee Glen Jackson shows the yellow card to Australia's Kuridrani in the Rugby World Cup.
Kildare brothers David and Cyril Mongey, whose products link referees to match officials

They may not know it but when the Heineken Cup kicks off next year, rugby referees will be placing their trust in Kildare brothers David and Cyril Mongey.

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They are the brains behind the communications systems which link referees with television match officials for those crucial calls that can't be decided from the pitch.

They connect refs in stadiums such as Dublin's Aviva and Croke Park and Cork's Irish Independent Park.

The Mongeys were the first to bring the technology to the northern hemisphere and crafted it into the product used today.

The hundreds of staff that work at these events need to stay connected, too.

The brothers' AV business, Mongey Communications, also provides radio connectivity for ground staff at some of the country's biggest events. At the last count, they had a stockpile of 1,500 radios ready to be deployed.

Another string in the company's bow is rapid-response CCTV installation for crowd control and security purposes at music festivals like Electric Picnic and Slane, or events such as the Obama visit and Queen Elizabeth's visit to Ireland in 2011.

Now they are setting out to capture the big screen market, investing €3m in big screen technology targeted at buyers such as racecourses and concerts.

State-of-the-art big screens have been designed specifically for the company , a collaboration between engineers in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and China.

The brothers claim they are the highest quality big screens in Europe. The first was launched last week in Kildare.

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