Follow the LGFA’s 20 participants in the #LearntoLead Female Leadership programme

THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association’s innovative and unique #LearntoLead Female Leadership Programme is underway – and now you can follow the progress of the 20 participants over the next 12 months.

The group met as a collective at Croke Park last Saturday, with early course content delivered by Niamh McElwain, who designs and teaches transformational learning programmes at Google, while Karina Feirtéar from TG4 passed on some valuable social media tips.

This programme is the culmination of months of thought and planning, and has been devised to develop and hone the next generation of female leaders within Ladies Gaelic Football.

The course will be delivered by experts in the fields of coaching, officiating, administration and PR/Media.

Over four days, and six evenings, the LGFA will examine diverse leadership skills and focus on the skill-sets and techniques required to master each of the four strands – coaching, officiating, administration and PR/Media.

The final list of 20 participants features leading coaches, officials, administrators and players, representing the four provinces.

The programme commenced last Saturday and will conclude next year, on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

In 2018, the LGFA launched its Strategic Roadmap 2017-2022 and a key area is to ‘define a model to promote Female Leadership across the Association.’

The first step was to put a Female Leadership Workgroup in place and, there, the need for a Female Leadership Programme was identified, as part of the overall Female Leadership strategy.

This 12-month programme will now fulfil a key aspect of the LGFA’s Strategic Plan, with direct emphasis on the skill-sets and qualities required to become leaders within the Association.

The participants – and their chosen strands – are as follows (name/club/home county):


Sinead Reel (Silverbridge Harps, Armagh)
Eileen jones (Aodh Ruadh, Dungannon, Tyrone)
Trina Murray (Moate, Westmeath)
Liz Ahern (Carrigtwohill, Cork)
Eimear O’Connor (Mountrath, Laois)


Diane O’Hora (Clanna Gael Fontenoy (Dublin), Mayo)
Jennifer Higgins (Western Gaels, Roscommon)
Ailbhe Quinn (Latton Ladies GFC, Monaghan)
Olivia Butler (St Pat’s, Waterford)
Donna Hagan (Kildress Wolfe Tones, Tyrone)


Kelley Cunningham (Tullamore, Offaly)
Gráinne Sands (Glenn John Martins, Down)
Aisling Carey (Shandonagh, Mullingar, Westmeath)
Mairead Dullea (Bantry Blues, Cork)
Sinead McHugh (Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin), Donegal)


Nadine Doherty (Na Fianna (Dublin), Donegal)
Michelle Ryan (Ballymacarbry, Waterford)
Niamh Dunne (Park/Ratheniska, Laois)
Denise Masterson (Ballymun Kickhams, Dublin)
Bríd Stack (Rockchapel, Cork)

The vast majority of the participants are active on social media (Twitter/Instagram), with more to follow, and you can follow their progress by accessing the following accounts:

Name Twitter Instagram
Grainne Sands @RefereeLGFA
Sinead Reel @SineadReel @reeler79
Liz Ahern @jlijoe
Jennifer Higgins @jennyhigg @jennyhiggins09
Donna Hagan @donnamhagan @donnamhagan
Diane O’Hora @ohora0013 @ohora00
Nadine Doherty @DohertyNadine @nadinedoherty11
Kelley Cunningham @CunnyKelley @kelleyc1993
Denise Masterson @DeniseMasterso6
Sinéad McHugh @Sineadmchugh10 @smchugh10
Niamh Dunne @NiamhDee @niamhdunnee
Trina Murray @Trinamurray17 @Trinamurr
Mairead Dullea @dulleamairead
Bríd Stack @BridStackie @stackie6
Olivia Butler  


Ailbhe Quinn @AilbheQuinn @ailbhebetical
Aisling Carey  @CareyAisling @aisling.carey
Michelle Ryan @Shelz1218 @shelryan12


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