Wednesday 7 December 2016

Refs doing province proud at all levels

Published 25/03/2016 | 02:30

Pamela Brown. Photo: Sportsfile
Pamela Brown. Photo: Sportsfile

The annual Munster Association of Referees (MAR) dinner recently took place at the Castletroy Hotel, Limerick.

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Speaking at the dinner was MAR president Eugene Meaney, who acknowledged the contribution Munster referees are making in world rugby.

"MAR referees are representing our club in World Cups, Six Nations, Rugby Championship, European Cups, Pro12, B&I Cup and the Ulster Bank League.

"And it's not just at the refereeing and assistant referee level," he continued. "MAR members also contribute at the highest levels as assessors, TMOs, citing commissioners and time-keepers".

With the announcement of Pamela Brown (above) claiming the MAR Referee of the Year title and Mossie Keith named MAR Emerging Referee of the Year, Eugene also acknowledged the next generation of up-and-coming referees.

The tradition of Munster referees on the world stage was reinforced by guest speaker Paddy d'Arcy, who was conferred as honorary life vice-president' - he was the second referee from the province to operate on the international stage in 1967.

He regaled the audience with stories of life as a referee in the amateur era but also pointed out that the tradition and respect of Munster officials has become even more valued as the sport has become professional.

If you are interested in taking up a career in refereeing please contact IRFU referee development manager, Peter Fitzgibbon at peter.fitzgibbon@irfu.ie. All details can be found at www.mar.ie

Irish Independent

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