Joe Lyons from Meath received the Bronze International Certificate and Pin award for having represented Ireland on 10 occasions at World and International events as an Official Referee.

The President of RILSA Annette Newman was on hand to present the award to Joe with his award.

Joe was the RILSA referee who officiated at the Ladies International Irish Open for all 5 occasions and refereed the main event finals,  in 2018 he refereed the Home Nations challenge between Ireland & England.

In 2021 Joe was on hand to referee in his first ever World Women’s Billiards Irish Open and Masters, two major events for Ireland to host.

Joe refereed one of the the semi finals of the Women’s World Billiards Championship held for the first time in Ireland since its inception in 1933.

2023 saw Joe once more back to the table refereeing at the Celtic Challenge between Ireland and Wales at the SBI Academy Carlow.

Joe has been on our referees panel since 2012 and is always willing to help out and does great work on behalf of the organisation.

Congratulations to Joe on his award, so well deserved.  Thanks to Annette Newman for presenting the award on behalf of the Association and we hope that Joe will go on to claim the Silver Pin and Certificate award in the future.

These awards are not easy to get and showcase an official who is dedicated to helping female cue sports develop over a number of years