Women in Sport 2017 – Joan O’Flynn

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

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.

Mary Davis, Special Olympics

Sonia O’Sullivan, Olympian

Sinead Galvin, Galvin Sports Management

Evanne Ní Chuillin, Joanne Cantwell and Jacqui Hurley, RTÉ

Louise Kidd, AIG Insurance

Ellen Keane, Paralympian

Siobhan Earley, Gaelic Players Association

Maeve Buckley, Line Up Sports

Suzanne Eade, Horse Racing Ireland

Sinead Heraty, Irish Ladies Golf Union

Sinead Kissane, Journalist at TV3

Irene Gowing and Sorcha Fennell Sheehan, Bord Gais Energy

Jo Donnellan, Sponsorship Manager at Heineken

Elaine Carey, Chief Commercial Officer Three Ireland

Sarah O’Connor, Head of Sport at Wilson Hartnell

Georgina Drumm, President at Athletics Ireland

Sue Ronan, Head of Women’s Football at FAI

Fiona Hampton, Head of Sales and Marketing at Ulster Rugby

Karen Campion, Head of Business Partnerships at FAI

Miriam Malone, CEO at Paralympics Ireland

Cliona Foley, Journalist

Cliona O’Leary, Head of TV Sport at RTÉ

Edel McCarthy, Sponsorship Manager Electric Ireland

Lisa Browne, Head of Marketing Electric Ireland

Sarah O’Shea, Honorary General Secretary at Olympic Council of Ireland

Helen O’Rourke, CEO at Ladies Gaelic Football Association

Kelli O’Keefe, Teneo PSG

Jennifer Gleeson, Sponsorship Manager at Diageo

Mary O’Connor, CEO Federation of Irish Sport

Carol McMahon, Ulster Bank

Deirdre Ashe, Liberty Insurance

Sian Gray, Head of Marketing at Lidl

Roisin Glynn, Social media Manager at AIB

Michelle Tanner, Head of Sport at Trinity College

Gemma Bell, Sponsorship Manager at Bank of Ireland

Tracey Kennedy, Chair Cork County GAA Board

Katie Taylor, World Champion Boxer

Joy Neville, Referee

Niamh O’Donoghue, FAI Board Member

Joan O’Flynn, CEO Camogie Association

Lindsay Peat, Rugby Player

Annalise Murphy, Olympian Sailor

Dee Forbes, Director General at RTÉ

Emma Byrne, Footballer 

Fiona Coghlan, Grand Slam Rugby Winning Captain

Dr Una May, Head of Participation at Sport Ireland

Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone

Cora Staunton, Ladies Gaelic Footballer

Sarah Keane, President Olympic Council of Ireland

Jessica Harrington, racehorse trainer and Irish Times Sportswoman of 2017

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