Cliona O’Leary,  Deputy Head of Sport at RTÉ

RTÉ has long been a champion of Women’s Sport and Cliona O’Leary has been an integral part of that.  Her role is to bring the best sporting events from around the world to life on our television screens and she does so with calm and intelligence.

Working first alongside Ryle Nugent and since this summer Declan McBennett she has a central role to play in how we consume sport and how the national conversation is framed.

RTÉ TV made the brave call to switch from traditional coverage of the Dublin Horse Show to carry live coverage of Rhys McClenaghan winning Gold in Gymnastics at the European Championships.

It chose to go with the Irish Women’s Hockey team on their journey to a World Cup Final in London, relegating the Dublin Senior Football Team to the News Now platform.

O’Leary has also been instrumental in expanding coverage of the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Championships to include all the games from the Quarter Final stages on.

There are others who will feature in this list from in front of the camera but it is O’Leary’s decision making and delivery behind the scenes that makes their contribution possible

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.