International Sportswomen of the Week

International Sportswomen of the Week

Our International 20×20 Women in Sport Award this week goes to Mary Hickey Nolan who has the unique distinction of being the only woman to have completed all 40 Dublin  Marathons. A phenomenal achievement but only one of many on the CV of this exceptional woman who this year celebrated her 66th birthday.

Since its inception in 1980 the Dublin Marathon has gone from strength to strength. The first year there were 2,000 entrants with Mary Hickey Nolan being one of 70 women taking part. Today Dublin has grown into one of the world’s great city marathons with 22,500 – including 7,000 women –  setting out this year for the 40th staging of the event. Over the years there have been 13 constants in the event – 12 men and Mary Hickey Nolan. As she says herself, it is a club no one else can join and once you leave you can’t get back in!

Mary Hickey Nolan is an amazing woman, last year she ran the complete coast of the island of Ireland and in doing so raised over 30k for the the Lifeboats ( RNLI ). This year she was off around the coast again, this time by bike, to raise more funds for the RNLI. Amongst her many running achievements she has taken part in and completed the 6 day long Marathon des Sables across the Sahara desert and event fully deserving of it’s title the toughest footrace on earth!

ONE ZERO returns 17th September 2019 – NGB and LSP Special Offer

ONE ZERO returns 17th September 2019 – NGB and LSP Special Offer

One Zero 2019 – 17 September 2019
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland.
One-Zero 2019 Exclusive NGB “2 For 1” Discount Offer runs out this week (at midnight on Sunday 30 June 2019).

To help NGB decision makers navigate the rapidly changing world of commercial sport, One-Zero 2019 will involve keynote fireside chats, in-depth presentations and panel discussions from a premium line up of over 40 international speakers and thought-leaders – including Julian Duncan (Jacksonville Jaguars – CMO), Kim-Skildum Reid (Disruptive Sponsorship Bestselling Author) and Tim Orne (Formula 1 – Head of Digital). Over 20 content sessions will take place on the day, spanning four key sectors and stages – Sponsorship, Fan Engagement, Broadcast & Media and Sports Tech & Innovation.

Don’t miss out on the Sponsorship and Fan Engagement stages. Our Sponsorship stage will deliver valuable insights around the essentials for building successful partnerships with brands, securing cross-function partnership delivery, and advice on best practice measurement, so you can create truly effective partnerships which put the fan first. On our Fan Engagement stage you will uncover intel around how global powerhouses are driving the future of fan engagement through nuanced digital experiences.

You might also have a business interest in the Broadcast & Media and the Sports tech & Innovation stages. Our Broadcast & Media stage will allow you to better understand how competitive the sports media market has become and how direct-to-fan technologies are reinventing this space. On our Sports Tech & Innovation stage you will discover the innovative technologies and disruptions which are challenging the way brands connect with fans through sport.

Early Bird Tickets: €399 (+ VAT) for a limited time only.
Discounts: 15% discount for four or more delegates.
Tickets for the event are on sale now – Get your tickets now.

NGB exclusive “2 For 1” Discount Offer ENDS 30 June 2019 – NGB Discount Code: 3B02B0
The number of exclusive NGB “2 For 1” tickets is capped at 20 on a first come first served basis and will be valid until 30 June 2019, so early purchase is highly advised. To avail of the exclusive NGB “2 For 1” discount offer: simply add 1 ticket to your basket, proceed to checkout and type the above discount code into the “voucher” section – this will add a second ticket free of charge.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on campus to open Phase Two of the Sport Ireland Indoor Arena

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on campus to open Phase Two of the Sport Ireland Indoor Arena

On Friday 14th of June An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar opened phase two of the Sport Ireland Indoor Arena on the Abbotstown campus.

Phase Two of the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena comprises of covered synthetic pitch facilities, primarily designed for rugby, soccer and Gaelic games. The development includes: an indoor pitch for soccer & Gaelic games, which can accommodate a number of sports; a ½ sized indoor rugby pitch; and ancillary facilities including changing & player rooms, offices and meeting rooms.

Speaking at the opening, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, said: “This is a red-letter day for the Sport Ireland Campus and for Irish sport.  I am a great believer in Government investment in sport. Sport helps bring communities together in a way that is both remarkable and inspiring. The budget for sport increased by 12% last year as part of our strategy to double it by 2027.

“When our athletes and teams compete at the highest level they carry our hopes and our dreams.  We share their heartache in defeat, their joy in victory.  We are with them win or lose. The Government’s mission is to provide world-class facilities, so our athletes and teams can compete on the world stage. The expanded Sport Ireland Campus has become a very busy venue in a short space of time and I hope that it will contribute to continued success for Irish sport in the coming years.”

The commencement of Phase Two was announced in July 2017 as a two year project with a construction cost of €24.2 million. The project has been completed in this timeframe at a construction cost of €24.4 million.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, added: “The opening of Phase Two will add to the existing world-class facilities already available in Phase One of the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, which was opened in early 2017. With the addition of the field sport facilities, the Sport Ireland Campus is providing access for an ever-wider range of sports. With Project 2040 and the National Development Plan also committing to the development of a National velodrome and badminton centre, the Sport Ireland Campus has firmly been established as the home of sport in Ireland.”

Phase Two of the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena is the latest addition to the Sport Ireland Campus, with other facilities on site including: the National Aquatic Centre, Sport Ireland Institute, Irish Sport HQ, National Diving Centre, National Horse Sport Arena, National Cross Country Track, Cricket Ireland High Performance Centre and Special Olympics Ireland HQ, among others.

November 2018 LSP Round Up

November 2018 LSP Round Up

The Federation of Irish Sport is made up of National Governing Bodies of sport as well as the 26 Local Sports Partnerships that operate around the country working with Local authorities to implement a wide variety of sporting programmes.

Each month we carry a round-up featuring some of the many activities that are taking place around the country so that you can see just how effective they are.


Congratulations to Kildare Local Sports Partnership who were the first to sign up to the new Charter on Disability when it was launched this week by Cara, Sport Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport


Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership will be Going GAGA again in the coming weeks as they repeat last years Getting All Girls Active campaign around the city and all over social media.

They’ve also been very active this week on the Draw taking place in Dublin for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.


Good to see Meath LSP sharing the love on projects in the county


Beat The Barge Zombie Run had 233 participants registered in the 4 km run. With lots of Families walking as well. There was a fantastic turn out of supporting spectators and a great effort for fancy dress.

Good to see the amenities been utilised with Kayaking & Canoeing also happening. At Vicarstown Canal Fest & Beat The Barge overall there were 400 people out active in body and mind

SVT Youth Leaders at Zombie Beat the Barge

22 of our SVT Youth sport leaders also received their Sport Leader Level 2 Award after the Beat the Barge run which they completed on their mid term break earlier this year. This group of sport leaders have over the past 2 years of SVT Activity & Wellness Hub come along to event after event and helped out in so many ways.

To give you an idea of some events they gladly help organise and assisted at were operation transformation, Easter camp, Bikes & Bites, Athletics Summer camp, Assisting at learn to cycle camp, 3 day cycling camp in Emo, Fossey Mountain camp out. Canoeing & Kayaking sessions and many more.

This group of young people are also nominated for the youth category in the up coming Laois Community & Voluntary Awards.


If you would like to feature in next month’s Round Up please send your information by email to reach us no later than Friday 14th December.

#WePLAY Returning in October

#WePLAY Returning in October

Swim Ireland’s #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference returns for the second time on October 20th at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.

The Conference is open to girls and women from all sports of all ages, from young sportswomen aged 12+ to adults and masters 20+ and beyond and will see sportswomen and professionals from a range of sports come together for a day of learning, fun, and inspiration!

This Conference will involve keynote speeches and panel discussions, inspiring girls and women involved in sport across Ireland. Prominent Irish female athletes will take to the stage to discuss their experiences, motivations and advice on our panel discussions focused around Body Image & Lifestyle and how your sport can benefit you. There will also be interactive workshops helping attendees determine what will help them get the most out of their sport.

Get your tickets now for just €10 at

Hockey Reaches New Heights

Hockey Reaches New Heights

Congratulations to the Irish Women’s Hockey team who have qualified with a game to spare for the Quarter Finals of the Women’s World Cup in London.

Wins over the USA and India, whose combined population is over 2 billion, have propelled the team into the last eight regardless of the result on Sunday against England.

That match has been a complete sell-out since March and will be played in front of 10,000 in the London Olympic Park.

Good luck to the team who have excelled so far and will be the focus of Irish sporting attention for the next few days and who knows for how long…

Keep up to date with the tournament at the event website here

Image credit: Inpho Photography