Mary O’Connor – Federation of Irish Sport CEO

Mary O Connor is CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport. She is a native of Cork and has worked in sport all her professional life and is an avid sports fan.

In 2016 Mary graduated from University College Cork with a Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management. Before joining the Federation of Irish Sport, Mary worked with the Camogie Association as Director of Technical Development and Participation. She excelled in this role and led the association in to an unprecedented era of growth. Under her direction as Acting CEO of the Camogie Association in 2013, she successfully guided the association through change in the form of the new affiliation model for individual members, which saw camogie ensure a more equitable membership structure for all clubs.

Mary has represented her native Cork in both Camogie and Ladies football amassing a total of 12 Senior All Ireland medals over a 16-year dual intercounty career. She has won All Stars in both codes, national leagues and provincial titles and more recently was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate from University College Cork (2012) in recognition of her amazing contribution to sport in Ireland.

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.