Paralympics Ireland Board

John Fulham: Current President of Paralympics Ireland, John has been in the  position since April 2017, he joined the board of Paralympics Ireland in 2009, acting as the organisation’s communications officer for many years, he then moved into the role of Vice President in 2013. He is currently working in the IWA, as a Public Engagement Manager. John is a four time Paralympian, representing his country in Barcelona 1992 through to Athens 2004 as a wheelchair racer in the 100m and 200m, John also has European and National titles to his name.

Brendan Jennings: Brendan acts as a non-executive director for a number of organisations in the commercial and not for profit sectors. He was previously CEO of Deloitte Ireland and a member of the executive of Deloitte North West Europe. Over his career he served as audit partner to both local and multinational businesses. In addition he advised business on mergers & acquisitions, risk management and general business matters. He has a degree in Commerce from National University of Ireland Galway and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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.

Eimear Breathnach: 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.  

Louise O’Reilly: Louise O’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

Mairéad Farquarharson: Mairéad has been involved in sport for athletes with a physical disability for over 30 years. Her first Paralympic games was Barcelona in 1992 and over the next 20 years, Mairéad continued to be an integral part of Irish teams at successive Paralympic games both in coaching and management roles. She

 Máiréad was elected to the role of Vice President of Paralympics Ireland in 2016.

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.

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