Ruth Fahy became the CEO of Galway WFC on September 1st.

She is the latest in a line of women CEOs in Irish sport and the first of a domestic Irish football club.

Fahy is a qualified solicitor and had been working in Dublin with William Fry before returning to play for Galway WFC at the start of this season.

She has always been a strong advocate for Women in Sport and was one of our Sport for Business PwC 30 Under 30 back in 2017. She has also been co-commentator on Irish Internationals and at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with RTÉ.

Galway had a solid season, made it to the semi-finals of the Women’s FAI Cup and helped Savannah McCarthy breakthrough from the side into the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team.

Watching how Fahy harnesses that momentum and delivers off the field for the club will be one of the things we are looking forward to in 2022.


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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 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.

We will start to publish the first of this year’s list on Sport for Business next week, and share them for all across social media in parallel.

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


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