Niamh Daffy is CEO of Cara, the national organisation providing a collaborative and partnership platform to enhance sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.

She was a strong force behind the first ever Outdoors Week for People with Disabilities which took place in June and of the Xcessible Club Toolkit resource which will enable grassroots clubs to deliver meaningful accessible sport.

Daffy sits on the Sport leadership Group charged by the Government with advising on the implementation of the National Sports policy and is a powerful advocate for people with disabilities and their right as much as anyone else to sport and physical activity.

The organisation was founded in 2007 and is based in Tralee.

Daffy was instrumental in the creation of the Cara Sport Inclusion Disability Charter which has been a key element in driving change in the way we all think of this critical area of inclusion.

She is a graduate of The Institute of Technology, Tralee where Cara is based.

See who else has joined Niamh on the 2022 list 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.