National Children Officers

Each Governing Body of Sport should appoint a National Children's Officer. The National Children's Officer should be a member of the Executive Committee, or have access to the committee and its accompanying documents, to ensure that children's interests are kept on, and influence the decisions of, the agenda of the Governing Body.

First Name Last NameNGBContact NumberE-mail
DerickCaseyAngling Council of Ireland(086)0568430 / (051)
MichaelHayesArchery Ireland(087)
KieronStoutAthletics Ireland(01) 8869933/ (086)
AengusSheerinBadminton Ireland(087) 2437941 / (071) 915
Triona LeahyBasketball Ireland(01) 459 0211 / (086) 798 
LindaYeatesBaton Twirling Association(086)
DanMcCarthyBol Chumainn na hEireann(023) 8831484 / (085)
Dennis PatrickBowling League(087)
VickiGuyCanoeing Ireland(01) 6251105 / (085)
SimonDykeCricket Ireland(01) 894 7914 / (086) 410
Joseph McGowanCroquet Association of Ireland(087)
CarolineFitzsimonsCumann Camogaiochta na Gael - Camogie(01) 
Gearoid O'MaoilmhichilCumann Luthcleas Gael(01) 8556380 / (01)
Brigid O’DeaCycling Ireland(086) 0447735 / (086)
JustinSmithDeaf Sports Ireland(087) 6373382 (text only)
GaryMc DermottFootball Association of Ireland (01) 8999589 / (083) 816
GearoidO' MaolmhichilGAA  Handball(01)8658675 / (087)
SeanMcMahonGolf Union of Ireland(01)
FionaPowerConfederation of Golf In Ireland(01)
DermotHowlinGymnastics Ireland(087) 7515384 / (01)
Ciara GormanHorse Sport Ireland(045) 854 524 / (087) 7605 
DenisRyanHorseshoe Pitchers(059)8633989 / (087) 9697
Caitríona ReynoldsHSE Community Games (086) 7953564 / (090) 
Anne MarieHughesIRFU(086) 0485977ANNEMARIE.HUGHES@IRFU.IE
DavidBrittonIrish Amateur Boxing Association(01) 4533371 / (086)
Fiona Timlin Irish Amateur Fencing(086)
Pauline LucasIrish Amateur Wrestling Association(087)
MattCraigIrish American Football(0044) 7916250846 / (0044) 7916250846 (M)
Lisa HobanIrish Clay Pigeon Association(087) 
LauraCullenHockey Ireland(01)
JohnMartinIrish Judo Association(091)
SineadHeratyIrish Ladies Golfing Union(01) 2934833 / (086)
BrigidRuaneIrish Martial Arts Commission (01) 4789543 / (087)
JamesMurphyIrish Olympic Handball(087)
DarrenBurkeIrish Orienteering Ass(087)
CiaranMurphyIrish Sailing Association(01) 2800239 / (087)
RhondaMoranIrish Squash(087)
LindaByrneIrish Surfing Association(085)
DerekHanleyIrish Table Tennis Association(01)
StellaWilliamsIrish Taekwondo Union(087)
JohnDunneIrish Tenpin Bowling Association(085) 8563702 / (01)
Antoinette GallagharIrish Tug-of-War Association(087)
PaulCarrollIrish Waterski Wakeboard Federation(086)
KerrieLeonardIrish Wheelchair Association - Sport(01)
Mary  FitzpatrickIrish Pony Club(056) 8832966/ (086)
PaulaPruntyLadies Gaelic Football Association(01) 8363156 / (087)
RebeccaHampshireMotor Cycling Ireland(087) 8518645 / (041) 983
AudreyDunneMotor Sport Ireland(041) 9826497 / (087)
PaulKellagherMountaineering Council of Ireland(0044)
Emma HeavinParalympics Ireland 01-6251175 /
PaschalNugentONAKAI(041) 9824985 / (086)
HelenMcMorrowPitch & Putt Union of Ireland (086) 
NoelKehoeRacquetball Association of Ireland(051) 422235 / (087)
GerMurrayROI Snooker & Billiards Association(085)
TomFennesseyRowing Ireland(052) 6124511 / (086)
Dennis PatrickRugby League of IrelandNot
PeterO'BrienSpecial Olympics (01)
AvrilDoyleSpeleological Union of  Ireland(087)
KateHillsSwim Ireland(01) 6251140 / (086)
RogerGeraghtyTennis Ireland(086) 2316478/ (01) 8844010 
NiamhO'GormanTriathlon Ireland(01)
FidelmaCarrollUnder Water Council of Ireland(086)
RahimMazarali Vision Sports Ireland(086) 6390652 / (01) 
DwyneHill Volleyball Ireland(01) 6707165 / (086)
Thomas BradyWeightlifting Ireland(087) 6851261 / (00353)

The role of the National Children's Officer involves:

  • Familiarisation with Children First and Our Duty to Care to ensure they can act as an information source to other members of the organisation

  • Commitment to attendance at appropriate training as required in order to act as a resource to members in relation to children's needs

  • Co-ordination of training for others

  • The promotion of the values, attitudes and structures which make sport enjoyable for children

  • Circulation of all relevant information and resource materials, on children's sport to clubs and affiliates of the sports organisations

  • Communication with Club Children's Officers to ensure the distribution of the Code and the promotion of related education programmes, materials events and governing body related codes

  • Liaison with all clubs to examine the rules, regulations and structures to ensure that they are child centred, e.g. equal playing time, appropriate competition structures, modified equipment to allow sense of achievement and success, use of protective gear, bullying policy etc.

  • Liaison with clubs, to ensure drop-out rates and transfers are monitored so that unusual developments or trends can be addressed, including transfer of sports leaders

  • Assisting in the development of a system of record keeping which maintains confidentiality while allowing for appropriate information to be passed to relevant authorities where necessary

  • Ensuring that the Governing Body develops an appropriate sport specific code, which includes a policy statement, codes of conduct, disciplinary procedures, bullying policy, safety statement, recruitment and selection policy and reporting procedures.