The WGPA is led by an 11 member team, who are elected annually by members at our AGM and, reflective of our membership, are drawn from across the country.

Maria Kinsella

Maria Kinsella

Chairperson

Maria plays football with Carlow and is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) working as an Audit Manager (Asset & Wealth Management) with PwC in their Dublin office. Maria, from the St. Forcherns club and a graduate of DCU, was previously a key leader of the Gaelic Voices for Change initiative and is a passionate advocate for women in leadership.

Carol O'Leary

Carol O’Leary

Secretary

Carol O’Leary, from Newmarket-on-Fergus, plays for both the Clare Camogie and Ladies Football teams. She has been an active player rep and keen supporter of the work of the WGPA since its inception, and is now in her second involved with the executive team. Carol is a Chemistry & Ag Science teacher and has also just completed a Masters in Nutrition & Health through UCD. She has won numerous titles across both codes, represented her province and recognised most notably with all-star nominations in 2013 & 2014.

Kate Kelly

Kate Kelly

Treasurer

Kate is a native of St Ibar’s/Shelmaliers in Wexford and was one of the founding members of the WGPA. Kate represented Wexford Camogie from the 90’s right up to 2017 and is the holder of four All Ireland medals and nine All Star awards and 2 Ashbourne Cup medals. Kate was Camogie Player of the Year in 2007 and was named Wexford player of the decade in 2014. Kat.e 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 Mulcahy

Valerie Mulcahy

Executive Member

Valerie Mulcahy is a native of Rockban in Co Cork. She is the holder of ten All Ireland medals, 9 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 six 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. Valerie has been a prominent community leader, advocating for diversity, inclusion and mental health awareness through her campaigning.

Aine Tighe

Aine Tighe

Executive Member

Áine has represented Leitrim Ladies Football team since 2010 and has been a leading figure in the county winning 2 club championships, 2 Connacht intermediate championships and a Divison 4 NFL. Studying BSc Physical Education and Maths and a Masters in Sports Performance a the University of Limerick, Aine also won 2 O’Connor Cup titles. The Kiltubrid player works as Physical Education and Maths teacher in Ashbourne Community School and previously worked as part of Sky Sport Living for Sport Programme in conjunction with Youth Sport Trust. She has also represented Connacht several times, featured on the on the Team of the League, has received 4 All Star nominations, as well as winning the Intermediate Players Player Of Year in 2011.

Anna Geary

Julia White

Executive Member

Julia White has been a member of the Cork Senior Camogie team since 2008, the former captain winning 6 All Ireland Medals, 2 National League titles and 7 Munster Championship titles, as well as several All Star nominations in her career. She has also won 1 Ashbourne Cup medal and 2 O’Connor Cup medals with the University of Limerick. Julia is a PE and Chemistry Teacher in Christ King Girls Secondary School in Cork city.

She has been a player representative for the WGPA since 2015, a member of the inaugural Players Council and also completed the Jim Madden Leadership programme in 2016. Julia is currently completing a research masters with Waterford Institute of Technology. The study aims to review and analyse policy and practice associated with women’s high performance sport in Ireland, encased in a case study of the evolution, formation and impact of WGPA.

Gemma

Gemma Begley

Executive Member

Gemma 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, won the Intermediate All-Ireland title in 2018 and is the holder of two All Star awards. Gemma studied Business and IT in Queens University Belfast and works as a Marketing Executive and project coordinator for the WGPA. She is interested in everything sport and digital and was another one of the founding members of the WGPA.

Niamg Collins

Niamh Collins

Executive Member

The Foxrock-Cabinteely woman has enjoyed remarkable success with club, college and county in recent years, winning numerous provincial and national titles, capped by 2 successive All-Ireland Championship wins with Dublin, as well as 2 All Star nominations. Collins, an engineering graduate from UCD, worked as an operations analyst with MyTaxi app before returning to complete a Masters through the Smurfitt Business School.

Fionnuala Carr

Fionnuala Carr

Executive Member

Fionnuala, steeped in GAA tradition, comes from the Clonduff club and has represented Down Camogie for nearly 20 years, winning her first Intermediate All-Ireland title in 1998. Since then, she has competed in several Championship finals and won 3 soaring star awards. Fionnuala was also a multiple third-level all star, while representing UUJ and UCC, where she studied Quantity Surveying and Planning. She now works as National Key Account Manager with Panda Waste in Dublin and regularly pens media articles on Gaelic games.

Lorraine Ryan

Lorraine Ryan

Executive Member

Lorraine from Killimordaly, Co Galway, comes from a strong tradition of Hurling & Camogie in her family. She has played for Galway Senior team for over a decade, topped off with captaining her team to All Ireland success in 2013. She has numerous titles including NUIG Sports Star Award, Connacht Camogie Player of Year & 3 All Star Awards 2011,13,15. She is a secondary school teacher in Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway, committed to her role and proud to coach camogie teams in her school.

Joanne Doonan

Joanne Doonan

Executive Member

Joanne Doonan is from Kinawley in Co. Fermanagh and has been a squad rep for the 2 years. She is familiar with and enthusiastic about the work currently being carried out by the WGPA and is looking forward to being a member of the executive team. She recently graduated from Queen’s University with a Master of Mechanical Engineering and is currently employed as a Process Engineer in Lisburn. During her time at Queen’s she captained her University team to an O’Connor Cup Shield title. Furthermore, she has been on the Fermanagh panel since 2011, winning 3 Ulster Intermediate titles and 1 All Ireland Junior medal.

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