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Local Sports Stars feature in Women in Sport panel discussion 



Women in Sport panel discussion will feature Roisin Upton, Ciara Neville and Louise Galvin pictured above

Local Sports Stars feature in Women in Sport panel discussion 

Roisin Upton, Ciara Neville and Louise Galvin will talk about the challenges they have faced in their sporting careers during a Network Ireland Limerick panel discussion about Women in Sport. RTE’s Operation Transformation Leader Hazel Hartigan will also make a guest appearance at the event which is sponsored by The Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau. 

Businesswomen throughout the Midwest are welcome to attend the event which is free for Network Ireland Limerick Members and €20 for non-members. 



The panellists will share their perspectives on several topics during this virtual event including; the visibility of women in sport, getting the right support, following their dreams, keeping perspective despite constant uncertainty and the mentors who helped them along the way. 

Meghann Scully will be MC for the event and will facilitate the panel discussion featuring: Irish International hockey player Roisin Upton is a world cup silver medallist having played in the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup final. Her squad was the first Irish Women’s Hockey team to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. A qualified primary school teacher, the Limerick native has put her career on hold for another year to focus on the rescheduled 2021 Games. 

Ciara Neville of Emerald AC steps closer to qualifying for the Olympics following her participation at the European Indoor Athletics Championship in Poland earlier this month. This was her second time to represent Ireland at the European Indoor Championships despite just being 21. In 2018, she won silver as part of the 4 x 100m Irish team at the Youth World U-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. 

Louise Galvin recently retired from the full-time Women’s Sevens circuit after the squad failed to make it to the Olympics. The Kerry native has an impressive multi-sport career having first excelled as a Gaelic footballer for Kerry and as a basketball player with UL Huskies before being scouted by Irish rugby Sevens. A qualified physiotherapist, she answered Ireland’s Call and lent her time and expertise to the national effort at Tullamore Hospital ICU and is now working full-time for the HSE in Kerry. 

Hazel Hartigan, a full-time nurse at St John’s Hospital, will also make a special guest appearance to talk about her journey as a leader during RTE’s 2021 Operation Transformation programme which saw her shedding 2 stone. Hazel won over the hearts of viewers and was hailed a warrior as she spoke about losing two children on the show. 

Caragh O’Shea, president of Network Ireland Limerick said, “While the focus of this event is on sport, there will inevitably be lessons from their stories both on and off the pitch that will inspire business owners and leaders. We are looking forward to an exciting and engaging discussion with our amazing panellists and guest speakers.” 

  Event Details: 

Sponsored by the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau, the event takes place on Wednesday, March 24 at 7.30 pmIt is free for Network Ireland Limerick members and only €20 for non-members where proceeds will be donated to the Cliona’s Foundation.

Tickets are available on Network Ireland HERE

and on Eventbrite HERE 

About Network Ireland: 

Network Ireland is a progressive, dynamic organisation supporting the professional and personal development of women. Our membership is made up of a very diverse group of women, from budding entrepreneurs, SME owners, professionals and leaders in indigenous and multinational organisations to non-profits, charities, arts and the public sector. We have a strong voice and are interested in promoting diversity and equality, entrepreneurship and leadership development; collaborating with like-minded people and organisations. 

Established in 1983, Network Ireland has 1,200 members, with fifteen very dynamic branches across Ireland. Through our branch network, we organise more than 200 events annually for like-minded people to come together to collaborate, share ideas, knowledge and support – most of which are free to our members. We also run a number of flagship national events, including our International Women’s Day Celebration and our Annual Conference and Business Awards. If you would like to join our growing group of tenacious, dynamic, ambitious women in business

 to find your nearest branch go  HERE

For more stories about Network Ireland Limerick go HERE 

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.