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Press Release – Referee Recruitment Tipperary 2021

June 17th, 2021 | By Jonathan Cullen

Tipperary County Board is currently seeking applications from interested individuals to participate in the upcoming Referee Recruitment for Tipperary in 2021, to address the future refereeing needs within the Premier County.

With the growth in popularity of Gaelic Games, the demand for match officials is increasing. With over four thousand games being played in our county on an annual basis, the role of the referee is a particularly important cog of the wheel to ensure all games take place. However, we are seeing a drop in our current crop of officials, due to injury, work life balance and age related factors.

Basic Club Referee Training Courses are provided every two years by trained Referee Tutors in County Tipperary. Three of the four Modules will be completed online by the student in the comfort of their own home, while one practical module will be completed in Dr. Morris Park, Thurles, in the near future. The course is developed in conjunction with Croke Park and supported through the Provincial Munster Referees Administrators.

The Training Course is now open to interested candidates to register online. Application form can be downloaded here and must be submitted before 30th June 2021.


Training as a Club Referee involves the following modules:

Rules of Specification / The Play / Scores/ Powers and Duties of the Referee Technical Fouls / Set Play / Aggressive Fouls / Dissent / Referee’s Report / Rules Test / Fitness Test

Modules are “classroom” based and involve online participation by the prospective referees. A timed Rules Test is centrally organised by Croke Park, which the participants complete “on-line”, with a pass-mark set which must be achieved for successful progression.

An initial trial Fitness Test, i.e. a “BANGSBO or BEEP Test” will be organised at a later date, in order to familiarise new entrants with the levels required. A standard test will be used later in the year to monitor progression with a view to the achievement of a minimum standard required for qualification.

Following completion of the Training Course the successful candidate is certified as qualified by Coiste Ríaracháin Réiteoirí Contae Tiobrad Árann as a Club Level Referee. Newly qualified Foundation Referees will be appointed to referee games as allocated by the Referees Administration Committee.

We are now seeking applications from interested individuals, who are considering taking up the role as Club Referee and applications must be submitted through their respective Club Secretary on the relevant Application Form which is available online on the Tipperary GAA website.

Please note all applications must be accompanied by a cheque for €100, from the applicant’s home club, which will be refunded after officiating at ten games.

Completed application forms accompanied by €100 cheque only should be forwarded to John Ryan (B) Tipperary Referees Administration Committee, Lár na Páirce, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

All clubs who do not currently have a referee in their club are encouraged to trawl their membership for prospective candidates.

REFEREE RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE John Ryan Chairperson 086 2417763 Philip Kelly Secretary (North Division) 087 2863683 Derek O’Mahoney (South Division) 083 0177891, Franny Quinn (West Division) 087 9973730 Seamus Delaney (Mid Division) 087 6396698

Or from any member of the Referees Administration Committee; John Ryan (Chairperson), Jim O’Shea (Secretary) Franny Quinn (Divisional Administrator West), Seamus Walsh (Divisional Administrator South), Martin Darcy (Divisional Administrator North), Martin Bourke (Divisional Administrator Mid)

Click The Link Below To Download The Application Form

Foundation Club Referee Course 2021

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