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Cavan's Maggie Farrelly became the first woman to referee a senior men's county game tonight

Farrelly has been making a habit of breaking glass ceilings in GAA refereeing recently.

CAVAN WOMAN MAGGIE Farrelly made history tonight as she was the first female referee placed in charge of a senior male inter-county fixture.

Maggie Farrelly at the coin toss Source: Presseye/Trevor Lucy/INPHO

Farrelly has been making a habit of breaking glass ceilings in recent years. In 2014, she became the first woman to officiate at a male inter-county fixture when she was fourth official in a league meeting between Dublin and Kerry in Croke Park.

Patrick McBride under pressure as James McMahon lies injured Fermanagh’s James McMahon lies injured during a clash in the game. Source: Presseye/Trevor Lucy/INPHO

Last summer, she took the honour of being the first woman to referee a male Championship game when taking charge of the minor clash between Fermanagh and Antrim.

Maggie Farrelly Source: Presseye/Trevor Lucy/INPHO

Tonight, Farrelly was in charge of another Fermanagh fixture, the Lake County’s 1-13 to 0-14 McKenna Cup win over St Mary’s.

Maggie Farrelly warms up Farrelly and her assistants warm up in Brewster Park. Source: Presseye/Trevor Lucy/INPHO

In tonight’s other McKenna Cup fixture in Ulster, Antrim defeated Queen’s University 3-11 to 1-11.

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