Nora Stapleton is the Women in Sport Lead at Sport Ireland. She has executive responsibility for overseeing the funding which goes towards programmes aimed at encouraging women to engage more with sport at every level.

That role will become ever more important as the focus in the Sports Action Plan remains tightly honed in on ensuring a greater level of gender equality in sport.

She is highly regarded by all those across multiple sports with whom she is in daily contact making sure that plans become reality.

She is an Intermediate All Ireland Winner with Donegal in Ladies Football from 2010 and a three-time Women’s FAI Cup Final winner with UCD.

She switched to Rugby after playing a Tag competition with her employer at the time, Bank of Ireland. She won 50 caps in total and played in the World Cup hosted on Irish soil in 2017.

Before moving over to Sport Ireland she was the Women’s Rugby Development Manager at the IRFU.


Check out the others who have so far joined the list right here.




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.

Recognition of their contribution is rarely asked for but is fully deserved, and we want your help in identifying those who you feel should be among them.

So, who do you think should be on the list for 2021?



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