Women in Sport 2017 – Mary O’Connor

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.


Mary O’Connor

Mary O’Connor starts work today as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Irish Sport.

Involved in sport all her life O’Connor represented her native Cork with great distinction both in Camogie and Ladies Football winning a total of 12 All Ireland medals over a 16-year dual inter-county career. She was captain of the 2009 Cork Ladies Football team that completed five titles in a row. An All-Star in both codes she was Player of the Year in 2006.

More recently she was given an Honorary Doctorate from University College Cork in recognition of her contribution to sport and in particular to ladies sport.

In a distinguished 12 years with the Camogie Association she was involved in the delivery of three national development plans that saw growth in both the number of clubs and also in participation.

In 2013 she served as acting CEO of the Camogie Association prior to the appointment of Joan O’Flynn.

We have had the pleasure of having O’Connor address Sport for Business events in the past and always been struck by her insight and intelligent analysis of how problems need to be solved.

See the others in our list of the most Influential Women in Irish Sport including  Carol McMahonDeirdre AsheSian GrayRoisin GlynnMichelle TannerGemma BellTracey KennedyKatie TaylorJoy NevilleNiamh O’DonoghueJoan O’FlynnLindsay PeatAnnalise MurphyDee ForbesEmma ByrneFiona CoghlanDr Una MayAnne O’LearyCora Staunton, Sarah Keane and Jessica Harrington.

In 2018 Sport for Business will host 20 events linking sport and business in ways that make a difference to how we all do such a great job, as well as producing our Daily News Digest covering the commercial world of Irish sport.

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