LGFA honours 23 graduates from ‘Learn To Lead’ Female Leadership Programme

THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association honoured the 23 graduates from its second ‘Learn to Lead’ Female Leadership programme at the Bonnington Hotel in Dublin last Saturday evening (May 14).

‘Learn to Lead’ – a unique programme that was launched in 2019 – was supported over the past year by Women in Sport funding through Sport Ireland.

The programme, devised to develop the next generation of female leaders within Ladies Gaelic Football, was delivered once again by experts in the fields of coaching, officiating, administration and PR/Media.

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

Six candidates were originally chosen to participate in each strand – and the final list of 23 included leading coaches, officials, administrators and players, representing the four provinces.

The 2021/2022 programme commenced on June 12, 2021, following a Covid-19 enforced delay, and concluded last Saturday with the final Leadership Day at the Bonnington Hotel, followed by graduation that evening, where proceedings were overseen by LGFA CEO, Helen O’Rourke, and President, Mícheál Naughton.

Gillian Harford, Country Executive with the 30% Club, was also present to deliver a keynote address on the night.

Pedro Angulo, Head of Learning, Talent and Engagement at Brown Thomas Arnotts,

and Niamh McElwain, founder of The Hybrid Way, delivered the final day of course content, before the participants retired to the Hotel to reflect upon their achievements.

Ladies Gaelic Football Association President Mícheál Naughton, who presented the participants with their commemorative medallions at the Graduation evening, commented: “This was a memorable night as we honoured our ‘Learn to Lead’ graduates in Dublin on Saturday evening.

“The level of engagement and participation in the programme by all graduates was truly outstanding and the feedback from the course participants has been extremely positive.

“Establishing the ‘Learn to Lead’ programme was another important step forward for our Association, with leaders now emerging from within to oversee the rapid rate of progress and change that will occur long into the future. 

“I wish to pay tribute to and congratulate our 2021/22 graduates. They are already fulfilling key roles within our Association and will continue to do so for many years to come.

“They are now armed with newly-acquired skills to add to already finely-tuned skillsets and these females are people that the families, clubs, counties and the wider LGFA community can be extremely proud of.”

The full list of graduates, and the strands in which they participated, reads as follows:

Strand Name  Club County
Administration  Veronica Murphy  Corofin  Galway 
Administration  Linda Walsh  Thomas Davis  Dublin 
Administration  Mary Ita Casey  Athea  Limerick  
Administration  Catherine Ring  Knocknagree Ladies   Cork 
Administration  Amy Butler   Galtee Rovers St Pecaun’s  Tipperary  
Administration  Tara Dooley  Naomh Muire Íochtar Na Rosann   Donegal 
Coaching  Lisa Flaherty  Shamrocks  Offaly 
Coaching  Margaret McCorry  Wolfe Tones Derrymacash  Armagh 
Coaching  Bernie Durkan  Kilcock  Kildare 
Coaching  Julie Fitzpatrick  Naomh Mairtin  Louth 
Coaching  Martina McCafferty  Steelstown Brian Ogs, Doire  Derry 
Coaching  Síle Moynihan  St. Ailbes  Limerick 
Officiating  Pamela Hayden  Old Leighlin   Carlow  
Officiating  Ciara Gilroy   Tullylish  Down 
Officiating  Marion Hayden   Eire Og   Carlow  
Officiating  Yvonne Duffy  Mullahoran LGFA   Cavan 
Officiating  Jacqui Mulligan   St. Farnan’s   Sligo 
Officiating  Angela Gallagher   Lucan Sarsfields  Dublin 
PR/Media  Caoimhe  Morgan   Lissummon  Armagh 
PR/Media  Aoibhinn Gilmartin  Old Leighlin   Carlow 
PR/Media  Sorcha Furlong  St Brigid’s  Dublin 
PR/Media  Siobhán McCluskey  Emyvale LGFC  Monaghan 
PR/Media  Emma Murphy  Wanderers GAA Club, Ballyboden  Dublin 

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