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Maggie Farrelly Set To Be First Woman To Ref Men's Senior County Final

Maggie Farrelly Set To Be First Woman To Ref Men's Senior County Final
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Maggie Farrelly is set to become the first woman to referee a men's senior county final.

She has been appointed for this weekend's Cavan Senior Football Championship final replay between Gowna and Ramor United.

"History in the making," Cavan GAA announced on Twitter.

Farrelly has been a trailblazer in Gaelic games officiating. In 2015, she became the first woman to take charge of a men's inter-county game when she refereed an Ulster Minor Football Championship quarter-final between Fermanagh and Antrim. The following year, she refereed a McKenna Cup match between Fermanagh and St Mary's.

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During a Sport Ireland webinar earlier this year, Farrelly said she hoped that one day there would be no differentiation between male and female referees.

"Starting out when I made my debut as an inter-county GAA referee, ‘history making’, ‘barriers’, and ‘gender’, all that kind of terminology was used," she said.

"What we are hoping for in the future is that we can take these words away, that it is no longer about gender, that it is just a referee that turns up to referee a game, that we shouldn’t have to distinguish between male or female referees, that it is just a referee, and hopefully that these headlines will be diminished, the glass ceiling is broken, and that many more people will follow in the footsteps of the likes of myself."

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At the weekend, Gowna and Ramor United drew 0-10 each in the Cavan final at Breffni Park, setting up the replay on November 14th.

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