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.

Sinead Conroy – Business Services Manager

Sinead started her journey with the Federation of Irish Sport in October 2018, taking the role of Business Services Manager. As part of her duties, Sinead manages the relations, services and communications with the Federation’s member organisations. Her other responsibilities include supporting the CEO on advocacy matters, partnerships and business development, facilitating peer networking and managing the delivery of Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland. Sinead has also recently taken on management of the Federation’s budget preparations and monthly management accounts. 

Prior to her appointment, Sinead worked as an Account Manager for marketing activations firm, Insight. Sinead has a background in Marketing, Communications and Event Management and holds an honours degree in Commerce from University College Dublin as well as a first class Masters in International Business from National College of Ireland. She has extensive experience in client relationships, project management and sponsorship development, with a particular focus on sport. To date, Sinead has worked on national sponsorships including Vodafone and Irish Rugby, Lucozade Sport’s sponsorship of the FAI and IRFU and SSE Airtricity’s partnership with both the SSE Airtricity League and The Dublin Marathon.

In her spare time, Sinead is a passionate sports fan, a lover of exercise and life long learner. She has completed courses in web design, mediation and project management in recent months and loves to have her head in the books. 


Michelle McCarthy – Office Administrator 

Michelle is a native of West Cork and is the Federation’s Office Administrator and Company Secretary. She has a degree in Health and Leisure where she majored in Sports Development and has numerous years of experience in the sporting sector. Prior to returning home from Australia, she also completed a Diploma in Workplace Health & Safety. She has previously worked as a Public Relations Officer for GAA Australasia, a Leisure Centre Manager, Games Development Officer for Post Primary Schools in Cork as well as coaching and training various sporting teams.

Michelle’s responsibilities include managing the provision of our Board Recruitment and Garda Vetting services for Federation members, coordination of office activities and operations, ensuring compliance to company policies and procedures, managing of the accounts and maintaining office systems.