Awards Committee

Roddy Guiney

Roddy Guiney

Chairman, Federation of Irish Sport

Roddy is the Chairman of Wilson Hartnell and is the newest member to our Board, having been appointed in 2016. He has spent most of his career with WH joining the board in 1978. He went on to become Managing Director in 2003, overseeing a period of remarkable growth for the consultancy.

He has extensive experience across a range of sectors including planning issues and development projects, marketing/consumer PR and crisis communications. For the past two decades he has worked extensively on most of the major infrastructural projects for Irish sport.

A specialist in corporate public relations and sponsorships he has been involved in the creation and development of many major sponsorship partnerships, particularly in the sports area where he devised award winning sponsorships across a number of sports.

He has been active in the development of the Irish PR industry serving both as Chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association and as President of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) . He was made an Honorary Fellow of the PRII in 2005.

Maeve Buckley

Maeve Buckley

Director of Sports Marketing Agency, Line Up (Sports Media Entertainment)

Maeve has had an impact on the sports sponsorship industry over a long period, and has worked with iconic teams and major projects such as Ryder Cup, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool FC. She has a deep understanding of the European and Irish sport industry, and works on strategic development with national governing bodies and European/international federations.
Maeve was previously a Board Member of the National Sports Campus, and was voted one of the Most Influential Women in Sport. She holds an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid and has a BA (Hons) degree from UCC.

Noel Mooney

Noel Mooney

Board Member, Federation of Irish Sport

Noel is Head of Development at the Union of European Football Association’s (UEFA), European football’s governing body. He is responsible for the growth of the sport across UEFA’s 55 national associations and leads UEFA’s central development programme – UEFA GROW – which covers key areas such as media rights, engagement, participation, commercial revenues, public affairs, communications etc. Noel joined UEFA in 2011 from the Football Association of Ireland where he was Head of League Marketing and a member of the FAI Senior Management team. A former goalkeeper with Cork City, Limerick & Shamrock Rovers, Noel has a Masters in European Sports Governance from Sciences Po in Paris.

Emira O’Neill

Emira O’Neill

Federation of Irish Sport

Emira started her journey with the Federation of Irish Sport in December 2015, taking the role of Business Services Manager. As part of her duties, Emira manages the relations, services and communications with the Federation’s member organisations. Her other responsibility lies in business development, to include group purchasing and shared services, facilitating peer networks and supporting the development of the commercial programme.

Prior to her appointment, Emira worked for nine years in the High Performance Unit of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, a role in which she dealt with the operations and the administration of the High Performance team. Emira also worked at the KFOR United Nations headquarters in Kosovo as an office manager within the Morale and Welfare Office. Emira graduated with a MBS in Business Practice from the Irish Management Institute in Dublin in December 2015, and also holds a degree as a Physiotherapy Technician.