Sport for Business, in partnership with Liberty Insurance, is publishing our third annual list of the 50 Most Influential Women in Irish Sport.
This is not about Women’s sport, it is about the influence that women are wielding across all sport. We will identify leaders on and off the field of play. They will include those who are role models in terms of their abilities on and off the field of play. They will come from teams and individual sports, from sponsorship partners, from the media, from the administrative corridors of power and from places where influence may be subtle but no less powerful.
Joan O’Flynn is CEO of the Camogie Association. She has held the role since 2013 having served as President of the Association from 2008 to 2010
She has played on Championship winning club sides in Cork and Kildare, as well as being instrumental in the re-establishment of London in international Camogie development while living there during the 1980’s.
Her professional career prior to taking up the full time leadership of Camogie had been spent within areas of equality, from the Combat Poverty Agency in Dublin to the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.
O’Flynn was a key driver of Camogie’s previous and current strategic plans and the current focus is very much based on building commercial partnerships to underpin the player growth of the sport.
This week’s announcement that RTÉ TV will be covering all the knock out stage games in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Championship is a major boost and having Littlewoods on board as a main partner alongside the long term partnership with Liberty has given rise to greater social promotion of the sport.
The role of sport in Women’s lives is rising rapidly in importance. The Women’s Rugby World Cup, a greater emphasis on promotion of soccer among young girls and Lidl’s groundbreaking partnership with ladies Football are all raising the bar across the sporting spectrum and the challenge for O’Flynn and Camogie in the next twelve months will be to maintain and increase player numbers, player retention and the image of the sport as part of the gaelic games family.
That is a challenge which past evidence suggests O’Flynn will meet with success.
See the others in our list of the most Influential Women in Irish Sport including Lindsay Peat, Annalise Murphy, Dee Forbes, Emma Byrne, Fiona Coghlan, Dr Una May, Anne O’Leary, Cora Staunton, Sarah Keane and Jessica Harrington
Save the Date of Thursday November 30th for our Third Annual Women in Sport Conference taking place at the Fitzgerald Chamber in UCD. Find out more here.
For 2017 we are extending the recognition given to women who are taking a lead role in sport by also identifying 50 of the next generation that are coming through, at pace, to make their mark within sport.
We want your help in making sure that this list is representative and you can make your nominations for who you think should be included right here.