Educated at Blackrock College in Dublin, Alan attended Trinity from 1993 to 1997 studying Natural Science and then completing a Higher Diploma in Education in 1998. Alan played junior rugby in DUFC up until 1996 when a neck injury ended his playing days.
Alan pursued a career in refereeing after his injury. He was appointed to the IRFU National Panel in 1999 and became a contracted referee shortly afterwards. Alan has officiated at all levels of the game from Leinster Senior Club, All Ireland League, Leinster Schools Cup, Interprovincial and International levels. He has worked alongside some of the World’s best referees and has travelled extensively carrying out his referee duties. He retired from active refereeing in 2015, but remained involved in some capacity until this year.
He is currently Principal of Willow Park Senior School in Blackrock. He is married to Sheila and has two children, Daniel and Harry.