A one day conference addressing key business issues in Irish Sport

Friday, 28th May 2004 O’Reilly Hall, UCD, Dublin 4
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The Speakers

Mary Davis was the Chief Executive Officer for the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Prior to that she worked as National Director of with Special Olympics Ireland.

Currently she serves on many committees and boards including the Irish Sports Council, Broadcasting Commissions of Ireland, European Years of Education through Sport and chairs the St. Patrick's Festival.

She is married to Julian and has 4 children.

Here are Mary's most recent awards:

ESB/REHAB Irish Person of the Year
O2 Professional and Business Woman - Special Award
Marketer of the Year - Marketing Magazine in association with Edelman
Renault Sports Star Award
Irish Tatler Woman of the Year
Sunday Independent Person of the Month
Doctorates from University of Limerick and DCU
Appointed to Board of Broadcasting Commission Ireland
Chair of St Patrick's Festival


Sean Kelly was elected to succeed Sean McCague as President of the GAA taking office following the 2003 Congress in Belfast and in so doing became the first Kerry man to serve as Uachtarán CLG. Mr Kelly, a native of Kilcummin, exceeded the required quota on the first count in defeating Kildare's Seamus Aldridge, Albert Fallon of Longford and PJ Mc Grath of Mayo.

Mr Kelly is a past pupil of the famed St. Brendan's College in Killarney (a renowned football nursery) and would have been a student in the college when they won the Hogan Cup in 1969. He studied in St Pat's of Drumcondra where he qualified as a Primary school teacher and taught in Dublin for a number of years, where he was closely associated with the Parnells Club.

On his return to Kerry, Mr. Kelly got involved at Administrative level, becoming Chairman of his own Club. He was also centrally involved in the promotion of hurling. He studied by night to become a secondary school teacher and spent around 10 years as Chairman of Kerry County board. He was involved in the appointment of Paidí O'Sé as Kerry Manager and as Cathaoirleach oversaw Kerry's 1997 All-Ireland success, the county's first since 1986.

He spent three years as Chairman of Munster Council and was also Chairman of the International Dimension Workgroup. His uncle, also Sean Kelly, won an All-Ireland Medal with Kerry in 1953, playing at full forward, while another uncle, Fr. Brian, was renowned as one of the great organisers and motivators in Kerry.

Mr Kelly was originally a candidate in the 1999 Presidential campaign, but withdrew before the Election. He is married to Juliet and has three children.

Philip Browne (43) is a native of Dublin and is the Chief Executive of the IRFU, a position he has held since 1998.

 Philip was educated in St. Columba's College Rathfarnham, The High School Rathgar and Trinity College Dublin. He holds an honours degree in Natural Science, a Ph.D. and an M.B.A.. He worked with Anderson Consulting and the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, which he left to complete his MBA.  

He joined the IRFU in 1992 and succeeded Paddy O'Donoghue as Secretary to the IRFU in 1995.  This was a time of great change as it was during his tenure that the game of rugby became professional.  He was later named as the first Chief Executive of the IRFU in 1998.

Philip is married to AnneMarie, with two children and counts his pastimes as Hill walking, Swimming and Sailing.  Philip rowed competitively for 10 years, winning many Irish and international Rowing titles at club level and represented Ireland at Two World Rowing Championships.


Fintan Drury is founder of Drury Sports Management, Ireland's only full service sports management company.

Former news and current affairs journalist with RTE, Drury set up Drury Communications in 1989 and grew the company into market leader in the corporate communications business in Ireland prior to selling it in 1999. He had established Drury Sports Management in 1991 in response to the potential he saw within the infant Irish sports and sponsorship industry.

Drury was a key figure in the initiative to bring the Ryder Cup to Ireland in 2006, a process that began in 1994 when, with the European Tour, Drury Sports convinced the then Minister for Tourism, Charlie McCreevy and Dr. Michael Smurfit, that the European Open should move from the UK to its new home at K Club in 1995. Since then, Drury has been retained as consultant to The European Tour, adding the World Golf Championship American Express Championship in 2002 and again this year, and Ryder Cup ltd to his client portfolio along the way.

Drury Sports also guides the careers of many top athletes. Drury himself and colleague Eamon McLoughlin both hold FIFA licenses to act as player agents in professional football. The company represents many leading footballers, some of Ireland top rugby players and the commercial interests of a number of GAA stars.

Fintan Drury is also Chairman of Paddy Power plc and sits on the board of Anglo Irish Bank Corporation plc.


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