By John Considine
Recently I posted about the lack of female referees at the highest level of gaelic games (here). Specifically, I looked at the games where the players were female. Only one female referee in the 2023 senior camogie championship. A colleague pointed out to me that this was not always the case. During the second half of the 20th century, the most important game of the year was almost always controlled by a female. This is illustrated in the picture below. For the 10 years before 1950 there were 5 females in charge of the previous 10 All-Ireland finals. By 1960 that figure was 10 out of 10. Very little changes for the remainder of the century. Then there is a rapid decline.
The Camogie Association celebrated its centenary in 2004. From 2005, there is a radical change. Males are allocated the All-Ireland finals in most of the subsequent years. Liz Dempsey is a lone figure. What has happened?
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