Irish Referees welcomed at Áras an Uachtaráin
The ceremony was held to credit referees' fantastic contribution to sport in Ireland as the President praised their commitment and dedication to their various sports.
29 representatives from the Irish football referee community attended as the President spoke out against the ongoing challenge of abuse towards match officials.
The FAI launched the #NoRefNoGame initiative in August 2022 which saw a range of sanctions introduced designed to protect the referee. These new sanctions have helped to bring respect back to the forefront of how referees are viewed and treated by all involved in the game.
The referee representatives who attended the ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin last week is below.
Kilkenny & District Soccer League
League of Ireland
Leinster Senior League
Kate O Brien
School of Excellence
Wicklow Schoolboys League