Top Speakers Lined up for County & Club Officers Day

We are once again delighted to announce some top class speakers for our County and Club Officer Day. Guest speakers such as Gary Keegan (Director, Irish Institute of Sport) and Sarah Keane (CEO, Swim Ireland) will share their experiences and knowledge with our many voluntary officers around the country. These speakers, along with other exceptional guests are hand-picked to ensure our officers gain valuable insight into their roles and can avail of tips to make their roles easier and more efficient during the year.


What is this Year’s Theme?

The theme this year is ‘Evolving’ as we strive to assist our officers to grow and develop clubs and counties around the country.

Who should attend?

All County and Club officers i.e. Chairperson, vice chair, Secretary, Ass Sec, Treasurer, Registrar and PRO

Guest Speakers on the day:

Starting Key Note:           Preparing for Progression

  • Sarah Keane (CEO, Swim Ireland)


Sarah is the current CEO of Swim Ireland and secretary of the Federation of Irish Sport. She is extremely passionate about sport has been a key part of progressing Swim Ireland to the standing they have today after a few difficult years. Sarah is inspirational and will assist our officers to be motivated to progress their own clubs and counties.


Appeal and Disciplinary Procedures

  • Brian Rennick, member of GAA Meath Disciplinary Committee and DRA Committee


Succession Planning

  • Sarah Keane (CEO, Swim Ireland)


Sarah is going to stay with us for this workshop and highlight the importance of succession planning in your county and club. Too often officers are finished from their positions before we think about approaching potential candidates but it is essential to have steps in place to assist with transitions from one year to the next. Sarah will share her wealth of knowledge in this area.


Sub Committees and Delegation

  • Maura Kelly (Club and Community Development Officer, Ulster GAA)


Maura has been involved in ladies football for many years as a pivotal figure with Tyrone Ladies and also a former All Star nominee. Maura currently has a key role with Ulster GAA working with the many clubs developing the tools required to be an effective club officer.  Maura will be providing an insight into the benefits of getting more people involved and some tips on how to do this.


Ending Key Note:             Motivate for Evolution

  • Gary Keegan (Director, Irish Institute of Sport)


Gary is currently involved with the Irish Institute of Sport. Their mission is to create an environment of support which ensures that talented Irish athletes achieve sustained levels of excellence in elite sport. Previous to Gary’s current role, he spent six years as high performance director with the IABA’s high performance boxing programme, which is now amongst the World’s best. Gary will bring his expertise in maintaining motivation for all officers to sustain high levels of excellence through this talk. Gary is a strong exponent in facilitating people to realize their own potential through the creation of supportive environments that are conducive to the delivery of high performance in people and processes.

When is it on:     Saturday 30th January 2016

Where is it on:   Croke Park

Time:                   11.00am (Registration @ 10.30am)  

This is a day not to be missed and every year the level of content gets bigger and better. Throughout the year officers are constantly asking for support and advice and this is your opportunity to avail of this. Full information has been forwarded to your county secretary or for further information you can contact Paula Prunty, National Development Manager by emailing .

If you are an officer of county or club then this day is for you, do not miss out!

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