Louise Burke was appointed to the role of Director of Participation at Sport Ireland in October of 2021, a role previously held by the current CEO of the organisation Dr. Una May.

She had returned to Ireland in the previous year and was the Galway Sports Partnership Co-Ordinator as well as holding Non-Executive Board positions with Basketball Ireland and Badminton Ireland.

Prior to her return, she had been the Chief Operating Officer of Basketball Scotland for five years and then Head of Finance and Head of Operations with Scottish Golf.

Her brief at Sport Ireland is wide-ranging and she is across many of the recent campaigns launched for different cohorts as well as for the Active Cities Campaign.

She spoke in that capacity at the recent Sport for Business Sport in the City Seminar in Belfast, at the University of Ulster.

Burke is a qualified Lawyer with a Law Degree from the University of Galway and a qualified Accountant.




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.