Katie McCabe is the Captain of the Republic of Ireland Senior Women’s team. She has led them to a first-ever major Championship Finals and is in line to wear the Captain’s armband in Australia for the Women’s World Cup of 2023.

She is also one of the stars of the Arsenal team in the Women’s Superleague and UEFA Women’s Champions League, extending her influence way beyond these shores.

McCabe was handed the Captain’s armband for Ireland at the age of only 21, making her the youngest ever to have that honour and she has been a major influence under successive managers.

As impressive off the pitch as she is on it, she is a powerful role model for a new generation of young girls inspired to play, and the potential explosion of interest coming from next summer.

See who else has been named on the list alongside Katie McCabe by clicking on the image below.




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 percent 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.