Mary O’Connor, Federation of Irish Sport

Mary O’Connor was appointed as CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport less than a year ago but has already made a significant impact.

Today’s launch of the 20X20 initiative brings together sporting organisations and five key corporate partners to commit to raising a number of key metrics in relation to Women in sport.

This comes hot on the heels of successful representation of the sporting story in Government circles which led to the positive reaction of sport to last week’s budget increases in the sector as well as towards the National Policy on Sport published in July.

O’Connor represented her native Cork with great distinction both in Camogie and Ladies Football winning a total of 12 All Ireland medals over a 16-year dual inter-county career. She was captain of the 2009 Cork Ladies Football team that completed five titles in a row. An All-Star in both codes she was Player of the Year in 2006.

She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University College Cork in recognition of her contribution to sport and in particular to Women’s sport.

She spent the early part of her career working for the Camogie Association where she was involved in the delivery of three national development plans that saw growth in both the number of clubs and in participation.

In 2013 she served as acting CEO of the Camogie Association.

All of these steps laid the groundwork for where she is today as, without doubt, one of the most highly regarded and influential women working in sports administration.

50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport 2018 is brought to you by Sport for Business in partnership with our friends at Liberty Insurance.

Over the coming weeks, we will identify more leaders on and off the field of play. They will include those who are role models in terms of their abilities and what they have achieved. They will come from teams and individual sports, from sponsorship partners, from the media, from the administrative corridors of power and from places where influence may be subtle but no less powerful.

We want your voice in who the remainder should be. Who do you come across in your working life within sport, or in your position as an observer, that you feel deserves recognition.

Contact us today Quoting Women in Sport 2018 Nomination to let us know who you think should be joining us.

This year we will be inviting each of our nominated 50 to join us at our Annual Women in Sport Conference, hosted this year in the studios of RTÉ on Wednesday morning, December 5th.

We will be unveiling the line up of speakers we have joining us over the coming weeks and will make places available to book, initially for Sport for Business members, from Monday, October 17th.

We will also be publishing this year’s Women of Influence list, together with other interviews and content relating to the cause of promoting Women in Sport in a commemorative booklet.

If you would like to highlight the work your organisation is doing in this area as part of this project CONTACT US TODAY, Quoting Women in Sport 2019 Partnership and let’s talk about the options that are available.