About Us

Sport Ireland plans, leads and co-ordinates the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland.

Sport Ireland's vision is one where:

  • sport contributes to enhancing the quality of Irish life and everyone is encouraged and valued in sport;

  • young people see sport participation as an integral and enjoyable part of their busy lives;

  • individuals can develop their sporting abilities and enhance their enjoyment, limited only by their talent and commitment;

  • Irish sportsmen and women achieve consistent world-class performance, fairly.


The Irish Sports Council (now Sport Ireland) was established on 1 July 1999 under the Irish Sports Council Act and is a statutory authority comprising of nine major divisions;

Anti-Doping

Coaching Ireland

Corporate Services

High Performance

Irish Institute of Sport

Local Sports Partnerships

National Governing Bodies

Organisational Development & Change

National Trails Office

Research