James Galvin – Chief Executive

James Galvin is the CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport. In his role as CEO, he is committed to raising political awareness of the benefits of sport, advocating on behalf of over 100 National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships and providing outstanding representation and services to members.

Prior to this role, James served in the Irish Defence Forces from 1990 until 2014, with appointments both at home and overseas. James retired as a Commandant from the Defence Forces in 2014 to work in the financial services sector. He began his career with the Federation in October 2015. He holds a MA in Politics and International Relations from Dublin City University (DCU) and a MBA also from DCU. James is a keen sports fan and participant. He is married to Gillian and has three children.


Emira O’Neill – Business Services Manager

Emira started her journey with the Federation of Irish Sport in December 2015, taking the role of Business Services Manager. As part of her duties, Emira manages the relations, services and communications with the Federation’s member organisations. Her other responsibility lies in business development, to include group purchasing and shared services, facilitating peer networks and supporting the development of the commercial programme.

Prior to her appointment, Emira worked for nine years in the High Performance Unit of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, a role in which she dealt with the operations and the administration of the High Performance team. Emira also worked at the KFOR United Nations headquarters in Kosovo as an office manager within the Morale and Welfare Office. Emira graduated with a MBS in Business Practice from the Irish Management Institute in Dublin in December 2015, and also holds a degree as a Physiotherapy Technician.