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104 Participants Selected for Gaelic Games Leading Provincial Females Programme

Fri 20th Oct

Tara Gleeson


The successful applicants have been announced for the inaugural Gaelic Games ‘Leading Provincial Females’ Programmes, taking place in Connacht, Leinster, Munster, and Ulster. The 104 participants selected represent 28 counties and will commence their leadership journeys over the coming weekend.

This 12-month programme, secured through the support of the Sport Ireland Women in Sport fund, will run from October 2023 until July 2024, with follow-up work to be completed thereafter.

The Leading Provincial Females programme is designed for females aged 18+ interested in personal development and potentially leading teams. Four programmes will be held in each of the four provinces and all participants will attend two days, one at the start of the programme and one at the end, which will examine their leadership skills. Attendance is also required at a mid-point evening session, again focusing on leadership skills, while participants must complete at least two modules from themes across the four strands of coaching, officiating, administration and PR/Media between each of those dates, minimum four in total.

This is a blended course, consisting of face to face sessions and online webinars, and the benefits are multi-fold for participants. They will have the chance to engage with like-minded future leaders in Gaelic Games, while also gaining insight and understanding of their own leadership styles. Training and advice will be provided by experienced leadership trainers.

This programme is for females who wish to develop and hone their leadership skills, while also furthering development as a coach, match official, administrator or any volunteer role in Gaelic Games.


GAA President, Larry McCarthy, commented: “The strength of the Gaelic Games Associations is in the calibre of the volunteers who carry out inspirational leadership roles at club, county and national levels. Our participation in the Leading Provincial Females programme further underlines our commitment to integration as set out in our Strategic Plan.

“Maintaining our leadership role in communities is helped when we are reflective of the communities that we serve, and that means giving an opportunity for all voices to be heard equally. The Leading Provincial Females programme is an important part of this, and I look forward to the fruits of their work and the contribution they make for the benefit of the Gaelic Games family.”


Speaking on behalf of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association, President Mícheál Naughton, added: “From our previous experience of the LGFA’s Provincial Female Leadership programme, we are acutely aware of the many positive benefits that a programme such as this can bring to participants. We are delighted that this programme is now extended to include the entire Gaelic Games family, and we are looking forward to the watching how the 104 participants grow and evolve throughout its duration. It is crucial for all members of the Gaelic Games family that we have more female leaders emerging to assume key roles and bringing with them their many skillsets. Our various units can only benefit from the Leading Provincial Females programme and this is yet another superb joint initiative between the LGFA, the GAA and the Camogie Association, while we are also pleased to see Rounders and Handball involved. I wish each and every one of the participants the very best of luck as they commence their respective journeys on this programme. We are sure to see much more of them in key positions in the years to come, both on and off the field of play.”


Hilda Breslin, President of the Camogie Association, said: “I am delighted to see the commencement of the Leading Provincial Females Programme scheduled to take place across this weekend and next weekend. This programme aims to empower and equip potential female leaders in sport with the necessary skills and knowledge to become effective leaders within their clubs and communities.

“We believe that by investing in the personal and leadership development of women, we are not only strengthening our sport, but harvesting a culture that helps to motivate and inspire future generations. We are grateful for the support and collaboration of the LGFA and the GAA in making this programme possible. Together, we are working towards a future where women in sport are given equal opportunities to excel and lead.”


The participants selected are as follows:


Name Club County
Emma Wilson Killererin Galway
Jessica Duggan Fr. Griffin’s Eire Og Galway
Joni Liddy Kinvara Galway
Sarah Reynolds Tuam Cortoon Galway
Victoria Flanagan Salthill-Knocknacarra Galway
Siobhan Hickey Fr Griffin’s Eire Óg Galway
Teresa Murphy Carolan Fr. Griffin’s Eire Og Galway
Niamh McGuire Monivea Abbey Galway
Clare Owens St Joseph’s Leitrim
Joanne Duffy Balla Mayo
Sinéad Clarke Shrule-Glencorrib Mayo
Megan Gaughan Tulsk Roscommon
Michelle Hughes Walsh Roscommon Gaels Roscommon
Nicola Brennan Tourlestrane Sligo
Pauline O Neill Coolera Strandhill Sligo
Aoife Gordon Enniscrone / Kilglass Sligo


Name Club  County
Breege McGinty Starlights Dublin
Deirdre Bowes St. Margaret’s Dublin
Gráinne Coleman Beann Eadair Dublin
Niamh Keaveney Whitehall Dublin
Niamh Ní Chonaill Ranelagh Gaels Dublin
Sheona Leydon Naomh Ólaf Dublin
Thea Clerkin Fingal Ravens Dublin
Pamela Nolan Good Counsel Liffey Gaels Dublin
Sandra Murphy Na Dubh Ghall Dublin
Audrey Solan Sallins Kildare
Blathnaid Tennyson Coill Dubh Kildare
Sandra McGonagle Kilcock Kildare
Vicky Hayden Round towers Kildare
Brid Kenny Rower Inistioge Kilkenny
Lucy Elvidge Dunnamaggin Kilkenny
Elma O’ Connell Barrow Rangers Kilkenny
Lenora Lyons Naomh Éamann Laois
Carol Murray Longford Slashers Longford
Deirdre Breen Hunterstown Rovers Louth
Alison Boyle Eastern Gaels Meath
Liadan O’Riordan Drumree Meath
Niamh Russell Bective Meath
Zelda Utangec Clara Offaly
Karen Cunningham Athlone Westmeath
Ursula Gillivan Moate Westmeath
Elaine Farrelly Delvin Westmeath
Ann Kavanagh Tara Rocks Ballynastragh Gaels Wexford
Kerry Field An Tóchar Wicklow


Name Club County
Claire McNamara Feakle-Killanena Clare
Mary Eileen O Connor Cratloe Clare
Clodagh Mc Mahon Kilrush Football club Clare
Aisling Ahern Mayfield GAA Cork
Anna Barrett Keelnameela Cork
Christina O’Connor Newmarket Cork
Eileen O’Brien Sliabh Rua Cork
Katie O Riordan Bishopstown Cork
Lisa Walsh Ballyphehane Cork
Niamh Ní Chaoimh Erin’s Own and Killeagh Cork
Noreen Thatcher Aghada Cork
Olivia Curtayne Mayfield Cork
Orla Crowley Mayfield Cork
Michelle Flaherty (Mulvihill) Moyvane Kerry
Aoife Sheehan Granagh Ballingarry Limerick
Lavinia Duggan Na Piarsaigh Limerick
Lorraine Collins Ahane Limerick
Orla Donnelly Ahane Limerick
Margaret Walsh Galbally Limerick
Mary King Killeedy Limerick
Catheriona Kennedy Slieve Felim Rapparees Tipperary
Emma Carey Thurles Sarsfields Tipperary
Lucy White Mullinahone Tipperary
Sharon O Dwyer Newcastle & Ardfinnan Tipperary
Therese Maxwell Toomevara Tipperary
Fiona Murphy Ballybacon-Grange Tipperary
Lena woods Toomevara Tipperary
Niamh Roche Galtee Rovers Tipperary
Tricia Bolger McCarthy Cappoquin Camogie Club Waterford
Michelle Galvin Ballyduff Lower Waterford
Taylor Murray Dungarvan Camogie Club Waterford


Name Club County
Shauna Adams Sarsfields Antrim
Debbie Murray Naomh Pól Antrim
Moira Birt St John’s Carnlough Antrim
Jayne Bell Naomh Seamus Antrim
Caroline Henry Eire Og Armagh
Elaine McKeown Tír na nÓg Armagh
Jennifer Cousins St Paul’s Armagh
Angela Hamilton Shercock Cavan
Karen Traynor Killinkere Cavan
Louise Reilly Laragh Utd Cavan
Aine McElholm Na Piarsaigh CLG Doire Trasna Derry
Cáit Passmore Eoghan Rua Coleraine Derry
Eilish Deeney Brian Ogs Steelstown Derry
Mary Fitzpatrick Doire Trasna Derry
Saoirse O’Neill Na Piarsaigh Doire Trasna Derry
Mary Jo Boyle Erin’s Own Lavey Derry
Nicole Laverty CLG Sean MacCumhaills Donegal
Monica Gribben Naomh Adhamhnáin Letterkenny Donegal
Nicole O’ Leary CLG Sean MacCumhaills Donegal
Emma McManus An Riocht CLG Down
Emma-Jane Morgan St Bronagh’s Rostrevor Down
Kimberly Robertson East Belfast Down
Orla Morgan Clonduff Down
Sandra Hughes Carryduff Down
Sinead McGrath Aghaderg Down
Eilish O’Neill Beragh Red Knights Tyrone
Sinead McGinn Tattyreagh St. Patrick’s Tyrone
Fionnula Horisk Beragh Red Knights Tyrone
Mary Wilson Ballinderry Tyrone


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