Carmel Naughton is the co-owner of the Glen Dimplex Electrical Business and the driving force and inspiration behind the game-changing partnership with the Camogie Association.

Together with her husband Martin, she established the Naughton Foundation in 1994 and most of their philanthropy and support has been geared towards the education sector, including the Naughton Institute at Trinity College Dublin.

When she was a young woman growing up in Monaghan though she fell in love with playing Camogie. The arc of that story has now put her in a position to potentially do for the sport what Lidl’s partnership has done for Ladies Football and Sky Ireland’s has for Women’s Football.

The five-year, multi-million deal is shared between her own personal investment of interest, energy and funding, and that of the company which has taken on the overt sponsorship assets of the deal. make no mistake though this was a personal mission to ‘do something for the sport’ and that something can be truly transformational in terms of funding but also confidence.

This is Carmel Naughton’s first appearance on this list.




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

Read more about the list and nominate who you think should be a part of it in 2022.

We are proud to do so again this year with AIG, an organisation that has pledged its commitment to equality in its 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.

This year’s list will be 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.