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A Female Ref Is To Take Charge Of Male Senior Inter-County Game For 1st Time

A Female Ref Is To Take Charge Of Male Senior Inter-County Game For 1st Time
By Conor Neville Updated
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She has already run the line in the Ulster Senior championship.

But on the first Sunday of 2016, Cavan official Maggie Farrelly will become the first female referee to take charge of a male senior inter-county game when Fermanagh take on St. Mary's in the McKenna Cup.

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Last year, she refereed a minor Ulster championship game between Fermanagh and Antrim. In 2014, she refereed the All-Ireland Ladies Final, the Cavan U21 Final and was named Ulster GAA referee of the year.

Interestingly, Brian Crowe told Declan Bogue in the Belfast Telegraph that she tends to attract less abuse from the abuse than do most of the male referees.

The fact that she is a female, I would have a tendency that she gets more respect from players than some of her male counterparts. I have never heard of any abuse hurled at her - good, bad or indifferent.

There will be more eyes trained on the McKenna Cup opener than there usually are.

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