Active Disability Ireland has today announced the appointment of Brian O’Callaghan as the organisation’s new Chairperson, succeeding Jon Morgan, who served as Chairperson for the past four years.

A native of Limerick, O’Callaghan brings a wealth of experience in the areas of disability and inclusion to his new role at the national organisation.

He joins the organisation following the recent launch of its new five-year strategy and rebrand to Active Disability Ireland. Under the new name, the organisation, which was established 15 years ago remains committed to helping to build a more inclusive society to empower, encourage and support people with disabilities to be more active with whom they want, when they want and where they want.

CEO Niamh Daffy has also stepped down with Brenda O’Donnell filling that role on an interim basis.

With a background in business ownership and management, O’Callaghan has also dedicated numerous years to volunteering for organisations promoting inclusion and diversity in sport.

He has held management positions for Special Olympics Ireland at World Games in Los Angeles 2015, Abu Dhabi 2019, and Berlin 2023, and was also on the Games Organising Committee for Irish Games in Limerick 2014 and Dublin 2018.

Beyond his professional endeavors, he is also the producer of his son’s motivational podcast – ‘The Paudcast’ which garnered worldwide acclaim promoting the mantra that ‘disability does not mean inability’, and both are huge advocates of promoting healthy, active lifestyles.

“I am truly honoured to have been appointed Chairperson of such a highly skilled board and I am excited to carry on the excellent work already underway in achieving and exceeding our ambitions as outlined in our 2027 strategy document,” he said.

“I particularly look forward to working with all existing corporate partners, whilst also diversifying and bringing new corporate partners on the shared journey, creating opportunities to lead healthy, active lifestyles for all, regardless of ability or disability.”

“I am delighted to pass the baton to Brian as the new Chairperson of Active Disability Ireland during this new and exciting chapter for the organisation,” added outgoing Chair Jon Morgan.

“Brian’s business acumen combined with his passion for inclusion and diversity will be invaluable as he leads the board and works closely with the management team to implement Active Disability Ireland’s ambitious plans for the future. I wish Brian the very best and look forward to watching the organisation develop over the coming years as Active Disability Ireland.”

Sport for Business Perspective:

O’Callaghan has built businesses and is currently involved in marketing and communications. His work with his son, and across multiple Special olympics events gives him a clear vision of the disability sport sector and we have no doubt that he will be a great appointment to keep up the momentum that first Cara and now Active Disability Ireland have been able to deliver.