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Referee Maggie Farrelly makes GAA history


Cavan woman Maggie Farrelly became the first woman to referee a senior inter-county Gaelic football match when she took charge of Fermanagh’s McKenna Cup game against St Mary’s on Wednesday night.

She told BBC Sport;

“I literally thought I would only be referring at juvenile level and then progress from there, but then I got into refereeing reserve football and in the all county league and then sort of progressed into division one football, so the progression was ongoing.

Then in 2011 I got invited onto the Ulster academy and spent two years on it, last year was my first provincial inter county championship at minor level. Everyone has been very much supportive and respectful and definitely has integrated me into GAA officiating.

I’m just Maggie Farrelly and I am just a referee, I don’t expect red carpets rolled out for me”.