Wednesday 21 February 2018

Historic appointment as Cavan ref Maggie poised to break glass ceiling

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Declan Bogue

HISTORY will be made at Brewster Park, Enniskillen on January 3, when for the first time, a female referee will take charge of an inter-county senior match.

The meeting of Fermanagh and St Mary's in the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup might usually only attract the interest of those within the Erne county and the teaching college.

But given that Cavan official Maggie Farrelly (below) will be throwing the ball in, the match is set to become a perennial GAA quiz question for the years to come.

Brian Crowe, the Cavan referee who officiated the 2006 All-Ireland final, said that there is huge pride within the Breffni county for Farrelly as she breaks the mould.

He also suggested that players would grant her more respect than they might to a male referee.

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