ABOUT US

Our members play Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie, games indigenous to Ireland and the largest female sports in the country. WGPA was launched in January 2015 to represent the interests of intercounty players; the elite amateur athletes who play at the top level of these sports. The players body is overseen by a 7 member executive and membership has grown to over to over 1,350 current players and an ever-growing number of past players. Our aim is to improve their experiences both and off the field of play; since our launch we have provided supports and services including a 24/7 member support line, third level scholarships, leadership programme, personal coaching, career guidance and membership affinity scheme.

In June 2016, for the first time, the Irish government announced financial support for Intercounty Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie players, recognising their efforts and the contribution they make to Irish society.

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MISSION STATEMENT OF THE WOMENS GAELIC PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

Responsibility:

We will take responsibility for playing and personal issues that arise for county players and acknowledge our social responsibility to our clubs and communities.

Collaboration:

We will work with our national governing bodies and other partner organisations to ensure the welfare of players and to promote our games.

Challenging:

We wish to challenge the current status of our players and other women in sport in Ireland using research led, innovative thinking

Unity:

We will work together to represent our members and embrace our qualities of friendship, sensitivity, respect, and teamwork

We represent players who are members of the highest-grade adult county team across both ladies football and camogie.

    • A better playing and personal environment and experience for county players on and off the field
    • Increased recognition, coverage and acknowledgement for county players
    • Representation at decision making level with potential partner organisations

Our mission is to provide a unified voice for county ladies football and camogie players.

WGPA EXECUTIVE TEAM

Aoife Lane

Dr Aoife Lane, a native of Ballinderreen in Galway, is a member of the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science in Waterford Institute of Technology. Aoife lectures and undertakes research in the area of physical activity and wellbeing, with a particular interest in using sport as a setting for health promotion for players, clubs, and communities.

Fiona McHaleFiona McHale, secretary to the WGPA, plays club football with Carnacon in Mayo and is the holder of 5 All Ireland club medals.  She has also won four O’Connor Cup medals and coached UL to success in this same competition in 2014.  Fiona captained the Mayo Ladies team in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Fiona studied PE & Biology in DCU and is currently teaching in Limerick College of Further Education.

Kate KellyKate Kelly, treasurer to the WGPA, is a native of St Ibar’s/Shelmaliers in Wexford. She has represented Wexford since the 90’s and is the holder of four All Ireland medals and seven All Star awards and 2 Ashbourne Cup medals. Kate was Camogie Player of the Year in 2007 and was recently named Wexford player of the decade. Kate has also represented Wexford in ladies football and is the holder of 2 club All-Irelands. Kate completed a Business degree and MBA in Waterford Institute of Technology and currently works as Card Services Manager.

Valerie MulcahyValerie Mulcahy is a native of Rockban in Co Cork. She is the holder of nine All Ireland medals, 10 National Leagues, 10 Munster titles, 1 O’Connor Cup, 1 Club Intermediate All Ireland and 1 Club Junior All Ireland. She has also received a Texaco award and Irish Times, Tatler and Irish Sports Council awards. She is the holder of five All Stars and was selected at number 13 on the LGFA team of the decade. Valerie studied PE in University of Limerick and is currently a PE and Maths teacher in Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, Cork.

Deirdre MurphyDeirdre Murphy from the Clooney/Quin Camogie club in Clare currently works as the GAA Development Officer in the University of Limerick. Prior to this she worked for the Camogie Association and as a secondary teacher. She completed a Degree in Commerce & German at NUIG and a Higher Diploma in Education also at NUIG (2 Ashbourne Shields & 4 Ashbourne Allstars). Deirdre has played camogie for Clare at adult level since 1997, captaining Clare to Junior All Ireland success in 2008.  She also holds All Ireland medals in Camogie and Ladies Football at Intermediate level and Munster titles at Junior, Intermediate and Senior.  She has been a Camogie All Star nominee on 6 occasions and was recently named as Clare Player of the Decade.

Anna GearyAnna Geary was captain of the Cork camogie team that were All Ireland champions in 2014. Anna is the holder of four All Ireland medals, is a four time All Star recipient as well the winner of 2 club all Irelands and Irish Times Sportswoman of the month for September 2014. Anna currently works as a marketing professional at Dell Software and is also a Dell Charity Champion, and a Make-A-Wish foundation ambassador. Anna has a Business Degree from the University of Limerick and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from Cork Institute of Technology. Anna is the current Cork Rose representing her county at the 2014 Rose of Tralee festival.

Anna GearyGemma is a native of Carrickmore, and has represented Tyrone since 2004. She was captain of the Ulster team that won the interprovincial competition in 2014 and is the holder of two All Star awards. Gemma studied Business and IT in Queens University Belfast and currently works as a Marketing Executive. She is interested in everything sport and digital and is a regular contributor to the Ladies Football Peil magazine.

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