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
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.
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
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
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.