GAA history: Female official to referee men's inter-county Championship game

GAA history: Female official to referee men's inter-county Championship game

Cavan’s Maggie Farrelly will make history on Sunday when she referees the minor meeting of Fermanagh and Antrim in Brewster Park.

It will be the first time a female referee has taken charge of a men's inter-county championship match.

Maggie Farrelly during the All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship round 2 qualifier between Mayo and Westmeath in August 2014. Picture: Oliver McVeigh/SPORTSFILE

Farrelly, who graduated from Letterkenny IT with a degree in Business in Sports Development and Coaching in 2011, started out officiating in Ladies Football.

In 2006 she was asked to help out in the men’s game in Cavan as there was a shortage of referees in the county.

In 2014 Farrelly, whose club is Laragh United, was chosen to act as a sideline official in Croke Park as then All-Ireland champions Dublin faced Kerry in the National League Division One.

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