ARCB New Referees Course 2019

The Association of Referees, Connacht Branch, in conjunction with Connacht Rugby and the IRFU recently held two courses for new referees. The course gives participants an insight in to what is involved in becoming a referee with Connacht Rugby, outlines the benefits of being a member of the ARCB and gives an introduction to the key elements of successful refereeing. Over the course of the weekend of the 6th & 7th of September fourteen prospective new referees attended the courses in Claremorris and Galway.

Led by IRFU Referee Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon, supported by various members of the ARCB, those attending were given an opportunity to learn about the process of qualifying as a referee, player safety and welfare, planning & preparation, communication skills and on-field referee positioning. Technical elements covered on the course include refereeing the scrum and the role of the touch judge.

Thanks to ARCB members Jason Craughwell (President), Paul Cronin, Paul Gannon, Joe O’Donnell, Jason Cairns, John Martin (Secretary), Claire Toolan, Katie Kilbane and Mossy Moran for their contribution to the weekend. Connacht Rugby wishes those that attended the very best in their refereeing careers. For further information on how to become a referee in Connacht go to or contact Referee Development Manager, Peter Fitzgibbon (086-8322987 or

Annual General Meeting 2018/19

The annual ARCB AGM was held Friday 24th of May in the Ard Ri hotel in Tuam. Outgoing President Tom Reilly thanked the committee and Regional Development Manager Peter Fitzgibbon for their support and work over the season before presenting the awards to various members for their outstanding efforts and achievements throughout the season. The winners on the night were as follows:

Senior Referee of the Year – Shane McElwee

Most Improved Referee of the Year – Andy Fogerty

Emerging Referee of the Year – Joe O’Donnell

Presidents Award – Mark Fitzgerald & Des Roche

Two of our members, Peter McCarthy & Pearce O’Malley, also hung up their whistles at the end of the season and were presented with a token of appreciation by the President for their commitment to the association.

We also welcome in our new committee for the 2019/20 season, the following members were elected on the night:

President – Jason Craughwell

Senior Vice President – Charlie Bourke

Junior Vice President – Christy O’Sullivan

Honorary Secretary – John Martin

Treasurer – Daithi Flood

Ordinary Members – Mossy Moran & Tom Horkan

Thank you to the outgoing committee and President for their efforts through out the 2018/19 season, and the very best of luck to the incoming committee. 

Give Reffin’ A Try

The ARCB are hosting an information evening in two locations across the province:

Monday 15th of April in Westport RFC (7pm KO)

Wednesday 17th of April in the Sportsground (7pm KO)

Monday 29th April in Sligo RFC (7pm KO)

This is a great opportunity to meet some of our members and get an idea of what is involved and what it takes to be a referee at Grassroots level!

To register your interest, email Peter Fitzgibbon at

Junior Cup and Plate Finals

This Sunday 24th March 2019 sees the Junior Cup and Plate finals return to the Sportsgrounds.

We want to wish all our members who are officiating on the day the very best of luck!!

Junior Cup Final (3pm KO) – Referee Daithi Flood, TJ1 Michael Goode, TJ2 Tom McNicholas

Junior Plate Final (1pm KO) – Referee Shane Gaughan, TJ1 Peter Gaughan, TJ2 Michael Gannon.

The very best of luck to all officials