July 20th, 2021


Richard Bullick

Local ladies gaelic football referees will be looking especially smart this new season thanks to a new sponsorship deal secured by Armagh LGFA with Local Women magazine.

The magazine’s name appears on smart black jerseys with strong orange markings to represent the Orchard county, just like the Ulster LGFA equivalents carry yellow stripes to denote the northern province.

The three-year sponsorship deal was announced by Armagh LGFA Chairperson Sinead Reel, a qualified referee herself, while the launch photo featured Denise McDonald, who led an all-female team of officials for last September’s Buttercrane Junior Championship final.

“We are delighted to welcome Local Women magazine on board as the new sponsor of the Armagh LGFA referees.  We are really looking forward to working with them over the coming years and eagerly await to see our officials in action in this fantastic new jersey,” said Reel.

“This three-year deal, which will kit out all of our referees in the new official Armagh gear right through until the end of the 2023 season is greatly appreciated.  I’m indebted too to all those willing to take up the whistle and their contribution can’t be underestimated.

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“Our games couldn’t take place without match officials, so I’d encourage anyone within the Armagh ladies football family to think seriously about taking up refereeing.  It can be a tough job but rewarding and anyone interested will get good training and plenty of support.”

Armagh referees Chris Lennon and Kieran McKeever took charge of the Ulster Intermediate and Junior Championship finals respectively last weekend while Sinead’s dad Owen Reel and fellow septuagenarian Charlie O’Hare are still going strong at club level locally.
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