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Coolmine bridge generation gap

Coolmine RFC is very much a family club with at least two generations of several families having played first team rugby so far.

But the generation gap also applies to the Dublin 15 sides referee panel. Father and son duo Ray and Alan Mooney have been laying down the law at Coolmine for several years now.

Associate ref, Ray, 54, has been refereeing for 12 years and, throughout his long number of years with the club, he has served as vice president, youth coordinator and metro president. He also helps out on the coaching side, looking after the U10's with whom his other son, Ian, plays.

Ray's older son Alan, 27, took up refereeing about four years ago after retiring from playing because of a knee injury. He began playing at U9 level and up to his early 20s. He is also involved in coaching and looks after Coolmine's U15 side.