Women in Sport 2017 – Tracey Kennedy

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.

Tracey Kennedy



Next month Kennedy will be elected unopposed as the first woman to Chair Cork’s GAA County Board.  She would not be the first Chair of a County Board, that honour fell to Roisín Jordan of Tyrone but Cork is one of the biggest and highest profile counties in the game.

Cork’s hurling revival last year has raised hopes of a return to the top table on the pitch while the completion of Pair Uí Caoimh means that the Munster Hurling and Football Finals will be back on Leeside next year as well.

Elevation to the role will make Kennedy one of the highest ranking volunteer officials within the GAA and she has been spoken of as a future President of the Association.

Kennedy is Deputy Principal of Carrigaline Community School in her job away from the GAA.

See the others in our list of the most Influential Women in Irish Sport including  Katie TaylorJoy NevilleNiamh O’DonoghueJoan O’FlynnLindsay PeatAnnalise MurphyDee ForbesEmma ByrneFiona CoghlanDr Una MayAnne O’LearyCora Staunton, Sarah Keane and Jessica Harrington

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