FOOTBALL: 24 Participants Revealed for LGFA’s 2021/2022 ‘Learn to Lead’ Female Leadership Programme

FOOTBALL: 24 Participants Revealed for LGFA’s 2021/2022 ‘Learn to Lead’ Female Leadership Programme

THE Ladies Gaelic Football Association is pleased to announce the list of 24 participants in the second ‘Learn to Lead’ Female Leadership programme.  

‘Learn to Lead’ – a unique programme that was launched in 2019 – will be supported this year by Women in Sport funding through Sport Ireland.   

The programme was devised to develop the next generation of female leaders within Ladies Gaelic Football – and the 20 graduates from the inaugural programme were honoured in February 2020.  

The 2021/2022 course will be delivered once again by experts in the fields of coaching, officiating, administration and PR/Media.  

There was an incredible response to the LGFA’s drive – and the long-list of applicants has been whittled down to 24 – four in each strand.  

Over the course of four days and six evenings, diverse leadership skills will be examined, with the focus firmly on developing the skill-sets and techniques required to master each of the four strands.  

The final list of 24 participants includes leading coaches, officials, administrators and players, representing the four provinces.  

A key area in the LGFA’s Strategic Roadmap 2017-2022 is to ‘define a model to promote Female Leadership across the Association.’ 

Following the establishment of a Female Leadership Workgroup, the Learn to Lead programme came into being, as part of the overall Female Leadership strategy.  

Ladies Gaelic Football Association President Marie Hickey commented: “We are incredibly proud to announce details of another ‘Learn to Lead’ Female Leadership programme.  

“Our inaugural programme proved hugely successful and we were delighted to see 20 talented graduates come through.  

“A fresh 12-month programme once again fulfils a key aspect of our Strategic Plan – and the content of the Programme is of an extremely high quality, as our previous graduates will vouch for.  

“I am looking forward to following the journeys of our 24 participants – as they learn from leaders in the fields of coaching, officiating, administration and PR/Media. 

“It is also heartening to notice the startling and rapid progress of our 2019/2020 graduates, many of whom have been making significant and noticeable impacts in their chosen fields, both at local and national levels.”  

The programme will commence in the coming weeks, and run until May 2022.  

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The full list of confirmed participants, and their various strands, is 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. Ailbhes Limerick
Officiating  Pamela Hayden Old Leighlin Carlow
Officiating  Ciara Gilroy Tullylish Down
Officiating  Marion Hayden Éire Óg 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 Michelle Hughes Walsh Roscommon Gaels Roscommon
PR/Media Sorcha Furlong St. Brigid’s Dublin
PR/Media Siobhán McCluskey Emyvale LGFA Monaghan
PR/Media Emma Murphy Wanderers GAA Club, Ballyboden Dublin


For further information, please contact the LGFA National Development Manager Lyn Savage: lyn.savage@lgfa.ie  

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