Mary Curtis is the first woman to qualify as a Gaelic Athletic Association referee.
Marie Curtis is the first woman qualified to referee GAA hurling and football games. A former player Marie Curtis played football with the St Joseph's club in Ballyadams, County Laois. The decision to referee came in 1986 when Laois lost to Wicklow in the Leinster Senior Football Championship and she was unhappy with the standard of refereeing.
I decided not to give out and to try refereeing myself.
The only woman along with 310 men, Marie Curtis took a National Referees Board course held over five weeks at Croke Park in Dublin. As well as written exams Marie also had to reach and maintain a level of fitness to keep up with the players.
Now qualified to referee at every level Marie Curtis could one day referee an All Ireland Final. She has officiated matches in Laois without experiencing any adverse reactions from the players.
They think it's great.
The players are respectful of her decisions and if she sends them off, they go.
This episode of 'Kenny Live' was broadcast on 10 February 1990. The presenter is Pat Kenny.