The Ladies Gaelic Football Association currently employs 21 full time staff. 12 of whom are based in Croke Park and and 9 of whom are based at various locations around the country.


Chief Executive Officer: Helen O’Rourke

Helen took up the position of CEO of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA)  in 1997 after a term as President. As CEO she is responsible for the day to day running of the Association and for the management of all employed staff. Helen can be contacted at

Operations and Planning Manager: Paula Prunty


Paula started working for the LGFA in 2003 and worked as National Development Manager until January 2018.

As the Operations & Planning Manager, she is responsible for managing all operational aspects of the Association including the management of the operations team.  Paula is also responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Association’s Strategic Plan and the overall planning structures and processes used by all units of the Association.

Paula is holds the role of National Children’s Officer, Mandated Person and Data Protection Officer for the LGFA.

Tel:       01 836 3156

Mob:    087 2741393


National Development Manager: Lyn Savage

Lyn Savage is the National Development Manager and she is responsible for the overall development and implementation of all development initiatives and programmes within the Association. Lyn worked previously as our National Development Officer since 2007 and had worked with Dublin GAA prior to that as a Games Promotion Officer.  A native of Louth, Lyn played with her home county for 15 years and her club Cooley Kickhams. A graduate of the University of Ulster, Lyn now manages the development team.

Tel:       01 836 3156

Mob:    087 1316944



Commercial and Communications Manager: Jackie Cahill

Jackie Cahill is the Ladies Gaelic Football Association’s Commercial and Communications Manager. Jackie is responsible for the Communications output from the Association, while he also works closely with the LGFA’s sponsors and partners. A former journalist for almost 20 years, Jackie was appointed to his LGFA role in November 2017. He boasts an extensive knowledge of Ladies Gaelic Football at club and inter-county levels, and was renowned as the leading authority on the LGFA’s top fixtures during his journalistic days. A native of Tipperary, Jackie is also the author of four Gaelic Games books, namely the autobiographies of current Wexford senior hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald, former inter-county football referee Paddy Russell, ex-Mayo footballer Conor Mortimer, and former Tipperary hurling goalkeeper Brendan Cummins.

Tel:       01 836 3156



National Finance Officer: Maire Ni Mhaoilchiarain

Maire started working with the LGFA in 2008. Working in conjunction with the National Treasurers, Maire deals with the daily finances of the Association and she is also the National Registrar, which involves the processing of all the associations registrations.

Tel:       01 836 3156



Injury Fund Co-Ordinator: Amy Coll

Amy started working with the LGFA in 2020. She administers the LGFA Injury Fund working with members who sustain injuries during games.  This involves processing the notification of all claims, handling the approval procedure for private treatment and assessing claims for the payment at the end of a players treatment.

Tel:       01 865 8642


National Fixtures Administrator: Karen Togher

Karen is responsible for organising the LGFA’s National Fixtures at various grades and levels, from Post Primary Schools to senior inter-county. Karen was a former Starbucks Coffee Store Manager in London. When she first took over that role, the store was in the red, and on the verge of closing. Within a year, Karen had transformed the fortunes of the store, which turned a £1m profit, earning ‘millionaire’ status for the outlet that year. Karen works closely with county boards and the National Fixtures Committee to ensure that venues are organised for the many fixtures that fall under the LGFA remit. Karen has been working with the LGFA since 2010.

Tel:       01 836 3156

Mob:    087 2523998


Programme Officer: Aislinn Harkin

Aislinn has been working for LGFA since summer 2011. Having previously worked in the role as Coaching Officer for the LGFA now plays a key role in supporting third level colleges, the implementation of the Association’s Code of Ethics and the point of contact with key sponsors. Aislinn also oversees the organisation of Feile Peil na nÓg on behalf of the LGFA.

Tel:       01 836 3156

Mob:    087 112 7264


Operations Co-Ordinator: Deirdre Hiney

Deirdre is the first point of contact in Head Office for all clubs, committees and general public, answering queries and assisting with any information required on the telephone, email and face to face. Deirdre also deals with all transfers, sanctions and permits, organising meetings and collating information from committees.

Tel:       01 836 3156



National Development Officers: William Harmon, Vincent Whelan, Niall Mulrine and Clare Dowdall

Working under the National Development Manager Lyn Savage, the role of the NDO is to assist in the development and implementation of all development initiatives of the Association. Each National Development Officer has a specific remit area:

Coach Education: William Harmon

William Harmon has been working as National Development Officer since 2007 and has been involved in all LGFA development areas throughout his time. For five years prior to that Tralee IT graduate William worked with Kerry GAA as their 3rd Level Games Promotional Officer in IT Tralee.  He is married with two children and living in Firies, Co. Kerry.

Key Areas include:

  • Coach Education Programme
  • Teacher Training & Support
  • High Performance Player Pathway
  • Development Academies
  • Club Coaching Roadshows
  • Gaelic4Teens

Mob:    087 979 4955



Growth and Participation: Vincent Whelan 

Vinny, a native of Clontarf in Dublin, who’s now living in Beaumont, joined the LGFA Development team in June 2019.

A graduate of the University of Greenwich, London, Vinny has ten years of experience working with Dublin GAA as a Games Promotion Officer.

A qualified PE Teacher, Vinny specialises in volunteer coaching and coach education at club and college level, and he is a huge addition to the LGFA team.

Key Areas include:

  • Participation/Recreational Initiatives including Gaelic4Girls and Gaelic4Mothers&Others
  • Club/School Links
  • Post Primary School Initiatives
  • Inter-firms
  • GAA link for Cul Camps, 5 Star Centres

Mob:    087 1821668



Volunteer Development: Niall Mulrine

Niall Mulrine has been working as National Development Officer since January 2018 and he has previously worked with a number of charities, such as the Prince’s Trust and Guide Dogs for the Blind accumulating over 10 years’ experience in Volunteer Management. Tyrone native Niall plays for his club, Augher St. Macartans, and he is also heavily involved in volunteering there. In 2015 Niall was named the Ulster GAA Young Volunteer of the Year.

Key Areas include:

  • Volunteer Training and Support including officer training
  • Development of Volunteer Programmes including the Club2Gether Programme
  • Volunteer support for Clubs, County Boards, & Provincial Councils
  • Healthy Club Initiative

Mob:       087 163 1112


Referee and Player Development: Clare Dowdall

Clare Dowdall has been working as National Development Officer since March 2018 and has worked in the sporting industry since 2007 firstly through her role as a Games Promotion Officer with Dublin GAA for 8 years. More recently the Antrim native, and University of Ulster graduate, Clare worked with the Camogie Association as their Youth Development Officer and has a wide range of experience working with coaches, players, referee and volunteers in the voluntary sector.

Key Areas include:

  • Referee Education Programme
  • Match Official Education
  • Player Welfare
  • Elite Team Development
  • Youth Forum

Mob:     087 788 6505


National Development Support: Clare Conlon

Clare has been working for the LGFA since March 2020. Clare a native of Laois, has been working in the sporting industry since 2012 working in a number of roles with the FAI, most recently as Team Operations Manager for the Women’s National Team. Clare played with Laois Ladies until 2018 and is currently playing for her club Sarsfields of Mountmellick.

She is responsible for the administration of all of the coach and referee education programmes. She also provides support for the national development team in relation to their programmes and initiatives. She can be contacted at

Provincial Development Officers:

Each of the Provincial Development Officers are answerable to their respective provincial employers but are managed by the National Development Manager. They are responsible for the development and implementation of general games development within their province.

Connacht: Claire Towey-Burke:

Leinster: Stephen Maxwell:

Munster: Gearóid Balfry:

Ulster: Ciaran 

Provincial Administrators:

The provincial administrators are responsible for the day to day running of the provincial councils. They can be contacted on the details below.

Connacht: Ita Hannon:

Leinster: Margaret Brennan:

Ulster: Rónán McCarthy:

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