Former President of the Referee Association and former Chairman of Connacht Schools Noel Carpenter passed away this morning.

Noel who played his club rugby at UCG and Galwegians represented Connacht between 1960 and 1965. Indeed he played in the last Connacht team to win in Ravenhill when they defeated Ulster by 6 points to 3 points in November 1960.

Noel took up refereeing on finishing his playing career and was President of the Association of Referees Connacht Branch 1988/89 and 1989/90

Connacht Rugby would like to pass on its sympathies to the Noel’s wife Áine and the rest of the Carpenter family.


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