The Federation of Irish Sport today launched the 2024 Irish Sport Industry Awards alongside Minister of State with responsibility for Sport, Physical Education and the Gaeltacht Thomas Byrne. Now in its 7th iteration, they will be celebrated at an awards ceremony on Tuesday 28th May at The College Green Hotel in Dublin’s city centre.

  • 7th hosting of the Irish Sport Industry Awards
  • Economic value of Sport €3.7bn GVA to the economy
  • Over 64,000 employed in sport
  • Entries are now live:

A highlight of the sports awards calendar, the event brings together a cross-section of the sports sector and key stakeholders in sport. The awards celebrate and reward excellence in the business of sport, while simultaneously highlighting the contribution of sport to the Irish economy. This will be the seventh staging of the awards. The Sport industry in Ireland supports 64,000 jobs, stimulates €3.3 billion in household spending, and generates €3.7 billion (GVA) gross value added to the Irish economy.

Minister of State for Sport, Physical Education and the Gaeltacht, Thomas Byrne TD, commented: “The Irish Sport Industry Awards are a unique celebration of Sport. The awards offer a welcome opportunity to recognise new enterprises and innovation in sport and celebrate the many successful campaigns undertaken by National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships, in promoting participation for all in sport. I want to commend the Federation of Irish Sport for organising the awards and commend all of those being recognised and celebrated.”

Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport said: We are once again looking forward to hosting the Irish Sport Industry Awards which recognise the invaluable relationship between business and sport in Ireland. The Federation firmly believes that the true power of sport can be harnessed by viewing it in a wider context including what it delivers for the economy and our communities.”

Entries are now open for submission, for a full list of categories, event updates and to enter the awards go to: Closing date for entries is Friday 3rd May.

Now in it’s seventh instalment, the award categories celebrated each year are designed to recognise a wide range of aspects of sport from entrepreneurship with Best Sports Businesses (new and existing) sports media coverage with the Jimmy Magee Award for Best Sports Coverage of the Year, good governance and leadership in sport with the leading governing body and local sports partnership initiatives, and the commercial, inclusivity and promotion of sport with Best Sports Sponsorship, Women in Business in Sport, Best Inclusivity initiative, Best promotion of Women in Sport, Best Use of Communications platforms, and the much coveted Outstanding Achievement Award.

The entries will be judged by an esteemed judging panel comprising of media, PR, and independent sports industry experts and Chaired by Sport for Business founder and CEO Rob Hartnett. The Jimmy Magee FIS/ASJI Award for Sports Coverage of the Year will be independently adjudicated by the Association of Sports’ Journalists Ireland (ASJI).