Jacqui Hurley is one of the main presenters of sport on RTÉ Television and Radio and was our guide to the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.

Working with a pared-back production team due to Covid, from the roof of a shopping centre in Tokyo, she was ever-present for the successes in the ring, on the water and across the Games.

She also published a second volume of Girls Play Too, the illustrated guide to those who have led the way in women’s sport here in Ireland, aimed at inspiring those who will follow.

Having anchored the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019 she is favoured to do likewise for the Women’s European Championship Finals in England in the summer of 2022.

Hurley played Basketball for Ireland and Camogie for Cork. She graduated in Communications and English from the University of Limerick and was working in local radio when the chance arose to do a screen test for Children’s TV in RTÉ, from where she quickly moved into sport.


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This is the ninth edition of our Sport for Business listing of 50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport.

We are proud to do so this year with a new partner in AIG, an organisation that have pledged their commitment to equality in their partnerships with Gaelic Games, Tennis, Golf and more, for whom “Effort is Equal” and with whom we have ambitious plans to extend the reach of this annual celebration of the Women who are making a difference.

They are drawn as before from the worlds of leadership, partnership, storytelling and performance.

We began this journey in 2013 when challenged that we would never be able to produce a list of twenty Influential Women in Irish Sport. The 20 stretched to 30, then 40 and 50 and it still does not do justice to the talent that is out there.

This year once more, to keep things fresh we will introduce at least 30 per cent of fresh names from last year. That will be the hardest part to have some names replaced but if it was too easy it would be of less value.

The list we will continue to build over the coming weeks is a snapshot of those women who are making a mark on how sport is played, consumed, grown and delivered.

They are part of making the role of women in sport unexceptional by being exceptional in what they do.


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