Executive Committee


Sarah Keane

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Sarah Keane is the President of the Olympic Federation of Ireland and is the Chair of the European Olympic Committees Gender Equality Commission. She is a member of the ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees) Gender Equality Commission and the IOC Gender Equality Commission, where she is active in implementing their Gender Equality strategy. Keane also is the Chief Executive Officer in Swim Ireland and is a qualified solicitor. As an athlete she competed internationally in both Swimming and Water Polo.

First Vice-President

Colm Barrington

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Colm Barrington is a board member of the Irish Sailing Association and holds the position of honorary secretary in his own sailing club. For the last ten years he has been chair of Irish Sailing’s high performance programme, where he oversaw the introduction of a world class structure that has helped Irish sailors win junior, youth and senior medals at European and world championships, and assisted Annalise Murphy to her medal in Rio.

Second Vice-President

Robert Norwood

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Robert Norwood has been involved in the Voluntary Sports Sector, both as a volunteer instructor of the Ski Club of Ireland from 1986 to 2010. He is the President of the Snowsports Association of Ireland and in that role has overseen our representation at the Olympic Winter games at Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014. He was Chef de Mission for the EYOF winter games in Vuokatti, Finland in 2001, and Alpine manager at the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002. He was elected to the Board of the Olympic Council of Ireland in 2014.

Honorary General Secretary

Sarah O’Shea

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Sarah O’Shea is the Honorary General Secretary of the OFI and owns her own Sports consultancy business ‘SOS Sports Consult’ which specialises in sports governance. O’Shea is a member of the EOC Legal Commission, is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and is a qualified solicitor was a lawyer within a National Governing Sport Body. She previously held the role of Chair of the Federation of Irish Sport and she was appointed by UEFA to its Hattrick Committee.

Honorary Treasurer

Billy Kennedy

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Billy Kennedy is a Carrick-on-Suir native and has been a cycling stalwart for years - as an Irish title winner and Irish international, as well as a cycling promoter and administrator at all levels, including  a term as President of Cycling Ireland.

His Olympic career has included important roles with the Irish teams in Atlanta, Seoul and Sydney and he has attended the IOC Olympic Academy in Greece.

Board Members


Georgina Drumm

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Georgina a native of Dundalk, was elected as President of Athletics Ireland in 2016. A member of Mountpleasant AC, and also served on the Louth County Board and Leinster Provincial Council for athletics. In 2015 Georgina received the European Athletics Women’s Leadership Award.


Ciaran Gallagher

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Ciaran is a former gymnast and currently CEO of Gymnastics Ireland - a growing Olympic National Governing Body with over 22,000 direct members and active participation in the recent Olympic programme cycle including EYOF, European Games & Rio Olympic Games. He’s also a Board Member of Federation of Irish Sport and Project Monitoring Committee member for the new National Indoor Arena at the National Sports Campus.


Robert Johnson

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Rob’s Board experience started with the large family business which he was a 4th generation family member. When he left the family business in 2003, he gained 10 years’ experience working with manager owned SMEs. He brought this experience to Hockey Ireland in 2013 when he became a Board member. In 2015, Rob stepped down as Chair of the Hockey Ireland Board, so that he could become Acting CEO until a new CEO was recruited.


Patrick John Nolan

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PJ Nolan served as President of Cycling Ireland from 2001 to 2004.

He qualified from UCD in 1983 and worked as a Journalist/Producer in RTE.  He commentated at 5 Olympic Games for RTE on Cycling and represented Ireland as a Cyclist, Team Manager and Administrator. PJ was elected to the Executive Board of the OCI during the EGM February 2017.


Darren O’Neill

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Darren joins the executive committee representing the Irish Athletic Boxing Association. Darren has sat as former chairperson of the Irish Olympic Athlete Commission and has represented his country in the sporting arena for over a decade. During this time, Darren has won European silver, European Union gold and silver and multiple international and national medals and titles. Darren represented Ireland at the 2012 Olympics, carrying the flag in the closing ceremony and participated in the inaugural European Games, 2015.


Denis Toomey

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Denis Toomey led the Irish Paralympic Team as Chef de Mission at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and was past President of Cycling Ireland. Denis’s sporting background is GAA, Athletics, Karate, Cycling – he was a National Champion and represented Ireland at European and World Championships and Tandem Pilot at Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. He was elected to the Executive Board of the OCI during the EGM February 2017.


Lochlann Walsh

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Lochlann Walsh is the President of Triathlon Ireland, he was first elected in 2013

Lochlann was a competitive schools and masters swimmer and water polo player before taking up triathlon in 2000. As a member of Dublin club 3D Tri he was race director for Fingal Sprint Race for four years before being elected club chair in 2010. Lochlann has competed at European and World AG Championships as well as competing in three ironman races. He continues to compete in AG triathlon, veterans’ cycle road racing and open water swimming.


Shane O’Connor

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Shane O’Connor is the Chair of the Olympic Federation of Ireland Athletics’ Commission and is a former alpine ski racer who represented Ireland in five World Championships as well as the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Elected to Team Ireland Athletes’ Commission in 2017, he was appointed Chair later that year and also sits on the Executive Committee of the Olympic Federation of Ireland in that capacity.

Chief Executive Officer

Peter Sherrard

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Peter Sherrard has been Chief Executive of the Olympic Federation of Ireland since 2018. During that time, he has overseen a re-brand, the introduction of new sponsors, a doubling in staff numbers and the launch of Team Ireland’s sport science partnership agreement with the Sport Ireland Institute.

He had previous experience at director level in international commerce, tourism, aviation and sport, in roles covering commercial / marketing, sales, communications, operations and sponsorship with Bord Bia, Tourism Ireland, Ryanair and the FAI. Peter has fluent French and Italian and sits on the Sport Ireland High Performance Committee.

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