Shortlist of nominees announced for Irish Sport Industry Awards 2022

Attending the Irish Sport Federation’s launch of the Irish Sport Industry Awards 2022, in association with Clubforce, were (left to right): Warren Healy, Founder of Clubforce, Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Irish Sport Federation, and Noel Murray, CEO of Clubforce. The shortlist of nominees for the six open categories has now been announced. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The shortlist of nominees for the six open categories of the Irish Sport Industry Awards, in association with Clubforce, has been announced.

The remaining four closed categories will be revealed at the awards ceremony at the Westin Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday, May 17.

The sports industry in Ireland supports 64,000 jobs, stimulates €3.3 billion in household spending and generates €3.7 billion in gross value added (GVA) for the Irish economy.

This year’s event will be the fifth edition of the awards, which recognize and celebrate this value of sport to society and reward excellence in sport.

The 10 categories of awards celebrate a cross section of organisations, people and capabilities that fuel and drive the management, funding and sustainability of sport in Ireland.

Tuesday’s event will bring together an audience of guests from across the sporting sector, with Minister Jack Chambers TD, Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, delivering the keynote address.

The 2022 Awards Jury, chaired by Rob Hartnett, Founder and CEO of Sport for Business, includes members of the sports sector from media, business, public relations and local and national representative bodies.

Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Irish Sport Federation, said: “We are delighted to mark the return of the Irish Sport Industry Awards, in association with Clubforce. Sport is an integral part of the social and economic fabric of the country. The quality and the large number of applications received this year bear witness to this.

“We are really looking forward to bringing together key players in the sports sector for this important evening in recognition of the value of sport to the Irish economy.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the national governing bodies, local sport partnerships and those in the sport sector who submitted entries this year. It was imperative for the Irish Sports Federation to reinstate these awards after restrictions were lifted and two very difficult years for the sector.”

Rob Hartnett added: “The ability to pause, reflect and celebrate a job well done is often overlooked in the rush to always look to the next thing. The Irish Sport Industry Awards give us a reason to do so and the response this year has been magnificent.

“We have faced so many challenges since the last time we solicited nominations, but this is proof that we have met them with vigor and style. Judging a winner from so many deserving organizations and campaigns was incredibly difficult, but the judges put a tremendous amount of thought and effort into doing it right, or at least as well as we think.

“Congratulations to all the winners and also to those who participated. Your work has had a very positive impact.

The shortlist of nominees can be viewed at www.irishsportindustryawards.ie.