Maggie Farrelly makes history to become first woman to referee a senior inter-county game
Published 06/01/2016 | 20:28
Cavan's Maggie Farrelly made GAA history tonight by becoming the first female official to referee a senior men's inter-county game.
The meeting of Fermanagh and St Mary’s in the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup tonight in Garvaghey might usually only attract the interest of those within the Erne county and the teaching college.
Farrelly broke new ground this evening.
Last year, she became the first female to take charge of an inter-county game when she was in the middle for the Ulster minor Championship tie at Brewster Park, between Fermanagh and Antrim.
Despite only taking up refereeing in 2008, she joined the Ulster GAA Referee Academy in 2011.
Her first final came the following year, when she refereed the Cavan All-County League decider.
In 2014, she refereed the county U-21 final, the All-Ireland Ladies' senior final, and was named Ulster GAA Referee of the Year.
This year brought a big breakthrough with her handling of the Ulster minor game.