Garda Westmanstown Gaels

Founded 1922/2004

Co. Dublin

Upcoming GYW Referees Courses for December

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“My philosophy has always been that fitness is a key part of how you referee, as well as showing courtesy to players, being respectful, trying to be as consistent as you possibly can to both teams and implementing the rules as you go.” Maggie Farrelly, Intercounty Football Referee (pictured)

The LGFA Dublin County Board have acquired 3 x GYW Referees Courses in December 2021. (Courses are online, December 14th, 16th and 17th) We have no guarantee as to the number of courses will be made available to us in January or February when bookings are opened up to all 32 counties.

Clubs who currently have NO GYW referees trained up or whose referees’ numbers are low are being asked to reach out to not only teenage members to take up refereeing but maybe also adult players or parents who may not be in a position to coach or mentor a team but would be happy to give a helping hand by refereeing an underage game.

  • December 14th, 7-9pm online
  • December 16th, 7-9pm online
  • December 17th, 7-9pm online

Course fee is €10 per person and all bookings must be done online via our website – here is the link

NOTE The LGFA host all their courses on the GAA E-learning portal.

GYW Course participants MUST set up an account on this facility to gain access to the webinar.

Instructions are attached for participants on how to set up a GAA E-Learning account. Here

Please note: Users of the GAA E-Learning portal will be first asked to input their age for the site to comply with legislation around the Digital age of consent. A user under the age of 16 is a minor and therefore will need the consent of a parent or guardian to create an account on the site. This code is provided to the user once a parental, or guardian consent form is formally received.

Attached is the guideline on how to obtain the code. Here.

The course participant should set up their account on the GAA E-Learning portal as soon as they have made their booking so to have plenty of time to deal with any issues which may occur.

Note the email address provided on our booking system will be the address that will receive the webinar URL and password to gain access to the course. So please make sure the correct email address is provided and do not use a work email address whose firewall may block emails from an outside source.

This webinar URL information will be emailed to the email address provided on the booking form a day or two prior to the date of the course.

Dublin organises annually more club fixtures than any other county board and as such we have a ‘specific referee pathway’ agreed with the LGFA National Referee Development officer Claire Dowdall due to the uniqueness of our county fixtures set up.  

GYW Go Games Referee pathway – Year 1 U8 to U10 fixtures  

GYW Go Games Referee pathway – Year 2 U8 to U11 fixtures  

GYW Go Games Referee pathway – Year 3 U8 to U12 fixtures  

Course participants can be 15 years of age doing the GYW course, but they must be 16 years of age to officiate a Dublin LGFA game. All people working with juveniles in any capacity are required by law to be Garda Vetted and hold an up to date Safe-guarding certificate. You must be aged 16 to be vetted. Contact your club children's officer for more info.

We have included the link to the on-line Safeguarding course again Maureen King: GWGaels children's officer is the best person to advise you on this topic and likewise we have attached the link for Garda vetting.

Kind regards, 

Dublin LGFA County Board

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