Farrelly to create history again

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19 March 2016; Referee Maggie Farrelly, Cavan, indicates a free kick for pushing. TG4 Ladies Football All-Star Tour, 2014 All Stars v 2015 All Stars. University of San Diego, Torero Stadium, San Diego, California, USA. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Referee Maggie Farrelly is set to create history again. The Cavan whistler will be the first female to referee a men’s league game when she takes charge of the Allianz Football League Division 4 encounter between Leitrim and London at Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, on Sunday, 20th.
Farrelly, who took up refereeing in 2008, has broken records in recent years. In 2014, she refereed the Cavan County U21 final, the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Final, and was named Ulster GAA Referee of the Year.
In 2016 she became the first female referee to take charge of a men’s inter-county competition when she refereed the McKenna Cup game between Fermanagh and St Mary’s.
Last November Farrelly made history when she took charge of the Cavan Senior Football Championship final replay between Ramor United and Gowna. She was the first female to referee a men’s senior county final.
Most recently the Laragh woman was part of the refereeing team for last Saturday’s All-Ireland Senior Club Final between Kilcoo and Kilmacud Crokes and she took charge of the All-Ireland Junior Football semi-final last month between Kilmeena and Clonbullogue.