About Clare Sports Partnership

In this section you will be able to meet us and browse some useful information around our values, governance structures etc. If you have any specific queries, please phone Trish on 065 6865434 or email trish@claresports.ie

Meet the Team

John Sweeney

John Sweeney

Coordinator / CEO Email john@claresports.ie

John (BA Phys Ed, Msc PPM) is an experienced Coordinator / CEO working in the Local Sports Partnership network since 2001. John has vast experience working with both statutory and non-statutory stakeholders, at board and individual level. He has expertise in policy development, conflict, influencing and negotiation skills. He holds an advanced diploma in personal and executive coaching and a Professional Certificate in Governance. John is married with three children and his hobbies include sailing, caving, cycling and kayaking.

Catherine Ryan

Catherine Ryan

Finance &Governance Manager : Email cathy@claresports.ie Tel : 086 2058463

Catherine joined Clare Sports Partnership as Administrator in March 2002.With growing staff numbers and increased budgets her role has evolved through her years with the partnership, she now manages the finances and governance for the company. Catherine received a distinction in 2020 having completed a year long course in Managing people through Accelerate, Sport Ireland’s sector specific Management Development Programme with qualifications in Office Administration and a Teaching Diploma in IT having worked in varying sectors, she brings extensive experience to her role.Not ever having had much involement in sport in her past,Catherine now credits the Sports Partnership for her love of walking,hiking and running after participationg in Clare Sports Partnership Meet & Train initiatives.

Trish Blake

Trish Blake

Administrator Email : trish@claresports.ie Tel: 087 98321388

Trish joined Clare Sports Partnership as Administrator in March 2021.She is the point of contact for enquiries regarding the operation of the Partnership, for Training and Education and Code of Ethics. Trish has over 20 years’ work experience specialising in Project management, Leadership and Compliance. She is a keen cyclist. In 2013 along with two other cyclists she founded Clare Ladies Cycling club. Her love for cycling and her drive to learn more about her sport led her to qualify as an Advanced Bicycle Mechanic and a Bike for Life tutor.Trish has taken part in numerous sportives in cycling and running and is looking forward to her multifaceted role in Clare sports Partnership.

James Murrihy

James Murrihy

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer Email: james@claresports.ie Tel: 08709627696

James joined the Sports Partnership as a Sports Inclusion Disability Officer in 2008. He has a B.Sc in Financial Management and Marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology. Presently he organises and supports programmes and projects in both the Disability and Mainstream sectors. James’ knowledge and experience in the sports disability sector comes from him being a former Irish Paralympian in 7 a side football having competed in 2 Paralympic Games. He is currently a Board of Director of the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football wich governs Paralympic 7 a side football.

Pat Sexton

Pat Sexton

Community Sports Development Officer email : pat@claresports.ie Tel : 087 6471671

Pat Joined our team in 2019. He holds a Degree in Recreation and Sports Management from Waterford IT. He is responsible for our Community Sports Hub and Women in Sport Programmes. He has a passion for Rugby, Gaelic Games and Cycling. He captained WIT to two Trench Cup finals in 2014 & 2015.

Jessica O’Keeffe

Jessica O’Keeffe

Community Sports Development Officer Email: jess@claresports.ie Tel: 085 8150606

Jess joined our team in 2020. She earned a Masters in Sports Coaching from UCD in 2018. Her research focused on transformational leadership and adolescent dropout from sport. She is responsible for New Communities/Ethnic Minorities and Club Development. Jess has coached rowing for over a decade at all levels in Ireland and abroad. She has been recently Head Coach of the Shannon Dragons – dragonboating club. Previously she has worked in community development and outdoor education. She has represented Ireland in both rowing and coaching and she has captained Parteen Ladies Football team. Her current passion is mountain biking among other outdoor pursuits.

Elizabeth Mc Nicholas

Elizabeth Mc Nicholas

Community Sports Development Officer - Maternity Cover Email:lizzy@claresports.ie Tel:087 3587767

Lizzy has been part of the team since 2020. She recently graduated from UL with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Lizzy is involved in various projects including club development and active schools. She has won an All-Ireland with UL Ladies Rugby and has previously captained the Connacht U18 girls rugby team for two seasons. Lizzy currently plays rugby for Galwegians and the Connacht Senior Women’s team.

Marian Rodgers

Marian Rodgers

Community Sports Development Officer - (Currently on maternity leave)

Marian has been a team member since 2016. From Ogonnelloe, Marian holds a BA in Recreation and Leisure Management from Cork IT. She has a passion for camogie and plays with Scariff / Ogonnelloe. Marian manages our Community & Schools Youth Programmes and Club Development.

Governance

Clare Local Sports Partnership is a private company, limited by Guarantee governed by a Board of Directors.

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Our Structure

The Clare Local Sports Partnership CLG (CLSP) was established in 2001 by the Irish Sports Council

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