Board of Sport Ireland
Kieran Mulvey - Chairperson
Kieran Mulvey has been Chief Executive of the Labour Relations Commission since 1991. He is the Director General of the new Workplace Relations Commission. Kieran is a former General Secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) and Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT). Kieran has also acted as a Consultant with the EU and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on matters relating to public management, human resources and industrial relations. He chaired the negotiations which led to the Public Service Croke Park, Haddington Road and Lansdowne Road Agreements. Kieran is a Fellow of the Educational Institute of Scotland and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the National University of Ireland.
Lynne Cantwell is Ireland’s most capped woman in Irish rugby and a former Vice-Captain & Captain for Ireland’s 15s & 7s team. She has represented Ireland 86 times over a 13 year period and jointly led Ireland to their first ever Six Nations Triple Crown, Grand Slam title and victory over World Champions, New Zealand 2013/14. Since retiring she has continued to represent and help progress the game.
Mary is the former Assistant Chief Executive with the Health and Safety Authority. Mary joined the HSA from Waterford Crystal where she had the role of Human Resources Manager. Mary has served on many Boards and committees and is currently on the Board of Waterford Childcare Ltd. Previous Boards include Pobal, HSA, Waterford Chamber of Commerce (former President) and Waterford Institute of Technology. Mary is a certified member of the Mediation Institute of Ireland and has extensive experience as non-executive director across both public and private sectors. Mary was recently appointed to the Board of the National College of Art and Design and has a keen interest in all sports and particularly in promoting participation.
Olive competed as a high performance athlete from 2000 – 2013. She represented Ireland at four consecutive Olympic Games and became World Athletics Champion in 2009. Since retiring from competitive sport in 2013, Olive has been a member of the Sport Ireland High Performance Committee. She is the current Chair of the Sport Ireland Research and Participation Committee and represents Sport Ireland on the FAI Nominations Committee. Olive has an MA in Leadership & Strategy. The research element of her MA focussed on the delivery of organisational change and implementation of governance reform in the aftermath of an organisational crisis. She currently works as a Statistician in the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
Padraic is a two-time Paralympian and a former world champion in the sport of Boccia. With over 20 years national and international competitive experience, he possesses a wealth of knowledge across the sports disability sector. Apart from extensive experience in existing disciplines, more recently he has been assisting in developing Power Chair Football within Ireland. He has worked with Youth Sport Trust UK and is currently working with East Coast FM and Sky Ireland.
Pat O'Connor is a Solicitor, Coroner, Arbitrator and Notary Public. Pat is a member of a number of professional and regulatory bodies and associations including The Law Society of Ireland, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Mental Health Tribunal, and the World Rugby, Six Nations and IRFU Disciplinary panels. Patrick has previously served as member, chairman or director of a wide range of professional, sporting and philanthropic organisations including the Board of Management of St. Louis Community School, Hope House, the Irish Association of Suicidology, the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board, the Courts Service Board and the Press Council of Ireland. He has held various offices within the Law Society of Ireland most notably as President (1998-99).
Roger is a highly qualified Sports Business Leader, having attained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Master of Business Administration, both from UCD. He has been a full member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants since 1997. He has extensive experience working in elite professional sport, holding the positions of Managing Director and Head of Finance & Regulations at ERC, the organiser and rights holder of the Heineken Cup rugby tournament and as CFO of the newly redeveloped Curragh Racecourse Ltd. Roger’s current position is Director, Commercial Affairs with ICON plc.
Liam is the Area Manager for the Mid-West Region with Bank of Ireland. A former Tipperary hurler he went on the manage his county to All-Ireland Minor glory in 2006 and delivered National League and two Munster titles at senior level before capturing All-Ireland success in 2010. Liam is also a RTE hurling analyst on The Sunday Game.
Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh
Iognáid’s career has been in the fields of administration, research, academia and management. He is a former President of NUI Galway. During his term of office, he led the University to a period of unprecedented growth in student numbers, capital developments, research income and philanthropic fundraising. He served as Chair and Board member of the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUGB). His research has been published in international journals and he has served as a visiting professor at Stanford University, the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California, the University of Connecticut and Glasgow University. He has also served on many Boards in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He has been involved in athletics as a competitor at national and international level and was selected as Captain of the first (united) Irish team since 1937 to compete internationally in the European Cup, which was held in Santry in 1967. He also coached athletics, and served on the Board of Athletics Ireland. He plays golf and is currently chairman and Board member of Golfing Union of Ireland, which he has helped guide through the process of combining with the Irish Ladies Golfing Union leading to the establishment of Golf Ireland, a single body to promote the game of golf in Ireland.