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 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, 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. 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 and spends most weekends supporting her home town club of St Maurs.
Sarah Maloney – Office Manager
Sarah commenced her role with Federation in January 2019. She is the first point of contact for all general enquiries and operates all financial matters. She is the appointed liaison person for Garda Vetting, vetting applications for numerous organisations.
In 2014, Sarah graduated from the University of Sunderland with an honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science. She was previously involved with the development and implementation of ‘Gaelic for Mother’s & others’ and the ‘Gaelic for Girls’ programme in her local GAA club and area. She also worked alongside Bohemians FC, Shelbourne FC and Sligo Rovers, assisting the physiotherapist and medical team with injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Sarah previously played GAA football for the Pittsburgh Banshees in Pennsylvania and currently plays for her local club Lucan Sarsfield’s.