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.
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.
Larry Fenlon is a founder of Leman Solicitors and LexTech, a legal technology company. Larry has been at the heart of innovation in both entities. As managing partner of Leman Solicitors from 2007 to 2018, Larry oversaw the growth from start up to a mid-tier commercial law firm with €5m turnover and 40 employees. Larry was central to innovation in the law firm, including: paperless office, online client access and fixed fees. Larry also cultivated a dynamic culture for a modern law firm, with core values of: Bravery, Humanity and Excellence.
In 2017 Larry founded LexTech, a company which designs and implements solutions for digitising, automating and data capturing legal, compliance and regulatory processes.
Lorcan Claffey has been a partner in a boutique professional services Accounting Practice and CFO in retail, distribution and property development businesses. He he has multi-industry and multi-country experience in a wide variety of businesses. During this time he was involved in IPOs, large scale audits, public sector accounting and expert witness work and was responsible for training and mentoring more than 100 trainee accountants from raw trainees to qualified professionals. He is an enthusiastic runner and cyclist.
Eileen O’Mahony, from Co. Cork, was a very successful athlete having represented Ireland at International level. She also has supported several Irish Teams travelling to the Paralympic Games in her position as Team Manager.
Eileen was President of Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA), a position she held from 2004 until stepping down in 2021. Eileen still sits on the organisation’s Governance Committee.
A lifelong disability activist, Eileen is proud of her involvement in Disability Sport and of her role within Irish Wheelchair Association. Eileen strongly advocates for improvements in services and opportunities for people with disabilities. She is passionate about the valuable contributions of voluntary and community organisations and the vital work IWA undertakes to ensure people with disabilities can live independent lives.
Prior to her role as President of IWA, Eileen was Chairperson of IWA’s Sport Executive which is the national governing body for many wheelchair sports in Ireland, with 24 sports clubs around the country providing a wide range of recreational and sporting opportunities for all levels and ages.
In a professional capacity, prior to retirement, Eileen worked for the Revenue Commissioners for many years.
John Bolger has had a very successful athletic career and has represented both Ireland and Canada at international level. While living in Canada he was in the top 10 distance athletes across the country and won both national and provincial medals. He also competed at elite marathon level in Canada, US and Japan but his proudest achievement was winning the Dublin marathon – one of the few Dubs to do so !!
John has extensive overseas experience at senior management level and has worked in North America and Central Europe in Finance Director and General Manager roles.
John remains a sport fanatic and takes an active interest in most sports. Golf is his main sport at present, and he has also successfully managed inter club teams with his local golf club.
Catherine Walsh is a six time Paralympian (Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, London 2012, Rio 2016) and has represented Team Ireland in three different sports (Athletics, Cycling and Triathlon) throughout her international sporting career, which spanned over 24 years.
In that time, Catherine won three Paralympic medals, winning her first at Sydney 2000 in the Women’s P13 Pentathlon event. It was at London 2012 where Catherine was most successful, as the Swords local brought home two medals in Para Cycling, Catherine won silver in the Individual Pursuit B and bronze in the Time Trial B, piloted by Francine Meehan.
Catherine was appointed as the chair of the Athletes Commission in 2020 and retained that role when reappointed in 2022.