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Farrelly to make history at Croke Park

Updated: Saturday, 01 Feb 2014 16:13 | Comments

Farrelly: 'I think my appointment demonstrates the inclusiveness of the GAA as a whole'
Farrelly: 'I think my appointment demonstrates the inclusiveness of the GAA as a whole'

Cavan’s Maggie Farrelly will become the first woman to officiate at a men’s senior inter-county game in Croke Park as Dublin take on Kerry tonight.

Farrelly, who has been a referee in the men’s game for eight years, will act as fourth official in Meath referee David Coldrick’s team.

Liam Devenney (Mayo) and Anthony Nolan (Wicklow) will run the line.

"A few days ago I got a message to ask was I available for this game and I just couldn't believe it," Farrelly told GAA.ie. 

"I was in complete awe that I was going to be officiating at a Dublin-Kerry game.

"It's a great honour and something that you can only dream about, especially because the game is in Croke Park of all places. It's such a special place for GAA people." 

“I recognise and understand that my presence on Saturday night, or at any other inter-county game, is something new to the GAA and may be seen as a landmark,” she added.

“I think my appointment demonstrates the inclusiveness of the GAA as a whole.

"They believe in my ability and provide the opportunities and it’s up to me to take them on and fulfill my duties to the best of my ability."

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