Eimear Breathnach (President): Eimear competed in her first Table Tennis World Championships in Taiwan in 2002 and went on to compete in the 2006 World Championships in Switzerland before finally qualifying to compete at her first Paralympic Games in Beijing. After competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games she decided it was time to step away from competing and to focus on helping others achieve their sporting goals. After retiring she was appointed to the Athlete’s Commission and elected chair of the commission. In 2015 she was co-opted to the position as Vice President of Paralympics Ireland and formally elected at the 2016 AGM. Eimear was elected to the role of Paralympics Ireland President at the 2021 AGM, replacing John Fulham.
Lisa Fallon: Having pursued her dream of working in professional football, Lisa’s path has taken her from a career in sports reporting to being a key leader in the successes of a number of high-profile sports teams. Over the past decade she has smashed glass ceilings as Ireland’s first ever female to coach in the professional men’s game. With 26 games in the men’s Champions League and Europa League under her belt, Lisa has won league and cup doubles with Cork City FC, Chelsea FC women, been part of the Northern Ireland men’s national team set-up that reached the last 16 of the 2016 European Championships and was also part of the all-conquering Dublin men’s senior football backroom team in 2018. She is also the first Irish female coach to manage a professional football team in the top two tiers of the game in England and has extensive experience as a high-performance/strategy consultant to a number of high-profile sports and corporate organisations.
Tony Dignam: As well as being on the board of Paralympics Ireland Tony is Managing Director of The Agile Executive, a business that provides outsourced Executive support to businesses in the area of Finance, Sales and Supply Chain. Tony has a passion for sport and has been coaching kids football for over 20 years, he is a keen golfer and will try his hand at most sports. Most recently he has taken to trying to keep up with his 11 year old son mountain biking.
Denis Toomey: Cork native Denis Toomey is steeped in Paralympic sport having competed, volunteered and led the delegation at several Paralympic Games. Denis competed at the 2004 Paralympics Games as a Tandem pilot before becoming the ParaCycling manager 1 year later, a position he maintained at the Beijing and London games. Denis was also the Chef de Mission for the Rio Paralympic Games and also in 2019 and 2020. Denis is a former President of Cycling Ireland and board member with the Olympic Federation of Ireland and is the current Vice President of Paralympics Ireland.
Louise Reilly: Louise Reilly is a barrister who specialises in sports law and international arbitration, with extensive experience in relation to sports integrity matters and governance. She is Chair of the International Biathlon Union’s Biathlon Integrity Unit. She also sits as arbitrator and is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of Sport Resolutions, UK, and the International Weightlifting Federation’s Independent Member Federation Sanctioning Panel.
Damien O’Neill: Damien O’Neill, recently retired, is one of the most experienced marketing and sponsorship professionals in the country. In his former role as the Group Head of Marketing with Allianz Ireland, Damien oversaw one of the most successful and long running sponsorships in the country with the Allianz GAA National Leagues. Damien is also one of the strongest advocates for Irish Paralympic Sports and was instrumental in the ground breaking partnership between Allianz and Paralympics Ireland that has seen athletes like Jason Smyth, Michael McKillop and Ellen Keane receive huge support and promotion throughout the life of the partnership.
Lisa Clancy: is an internationally experienced strategic consultant with over 25 years’ experience working with national and international leaders in sport and business. Lisa operates her own company Clansult Ltd, driving sporting organisations and corporates to achieve their potential by developing strategic and communications plans. She researched and produced recommendations for Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Strategy and has co-designed and delivered Women in Sports Leadership programmes to 100 female leaders in 28 national sporting organisations. A former GAA Director of Communications, she Chairs the Strategy Committee in Paralympics Ireland and works with many organisations on equality and climate matters. Lisa was elected as Vice President of Paralympics Ireland during the 2021 AGM.