We are The WGPA
For the players, by the players
Our members play Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie, games indigenous to Ireland and the largest female sports in the country. WGPA was launched in January 2015 to represent the interests of intercounty players; the elite amateur athletes who play at the top level of these sports. The players body is overseen by an 11 member executive and membership has grown to over to over 1,350 current players and an ever-growing number of past players.
Our aim is to improve their experiences both and off the field of play; since our launch we have provided supports and services including a 24/7 member support line, third level scholarships, leadership programme, personal coaching, career guidance and membership affinity scheme.
In June 2016, for the first time, the Irish government announced financial support for Intercounty Ladies Gaelic Football and Camogie players, recognising their efforts and the contribution they make to Irish society.
The WGPA, led by the Executive team, represents 55 squads from across the 32 counties of Ireland. There are 2 designated WGPA player representatives from each squad, managing communications with their teammates. The Executive is supported by the Players Council, a consultative group of 10 players, who draw on their professional skillsets and sporting experiences to provide feedback on the work of the WGPA. The association has also organised an Advisory Group, consisting of individuals drawn together for their expertise in various areas relevant to the WGPA such as business and research.
Our Core Values
We will take responsibility for playing and personal issues that arise for county players and acknowledge our social responsibility to our clubs and communities.
We will work with our national governing bodies and other partner organisations to ensure the welfare of players and to promote our games.
We wish to challenge the current status of our players and other women in sport in Ireland using research led, innovative thinking
We will work together to represent our members and embrace our qualities of friendship, sensitivity, respect, and teamwork
Who Do We Represent?
We represent players who are members of the highest-grade adult county team across both ladies football and camogie.
What are we Willing to Work for?
- A better playing and personal environment and experience for county players on and off the field
- Increased recognition, coverage and acknowledgement for county players
- Representation at decision making level with potential partner organisations
What is Our Purpose?
Our mission is to provide a unified voice for county ladies football and camogie players.
The WGPA is led by a 12 member team, who are elected annually by members at our AGM and, reflective of our membership, are drawn from across the country.
- Maria Kinsella
- Carol O’Leary
- Kate Kelly
- Valerie Mulcahy
- Gemma Begley
- Niamh Collins
- Fionnuala Carr
- Lorraine Ryan
- Kate McKay
- Sinead Burke
- Chloe Morey
- Aoife Murray
Maria plays football with Carlow and is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) working as an Audit Manager (Asset & Wealth Management) with PwC in their Dublin office. Maria, from the St. Forcherns club and a graduate of DCU, was previously a key leader of the Gaelic Voices for Change initiative and is a passionate advocate for women in leadership.
Carol O’Leary, from Newmarket-on-Fergus, plays for both the Clare Camogie and Ladies Football teams. She has been an active player rep and keen supporter of the work of the WGPA since its inception, and is now in her second involved with the executive team. Carol is a Chemistry & Ag Science teacher and has also just completed a Masters in Nutrition & Health through UCD. She has won numerous titles across both codes, represented her province and recognised most notably with all-star nominations in 2013 & 2014
Kate is a native of St Ibar’s/Shelmaliers in Wexford and was one of the founding members of the WGPA. Kate represented Wexford Camogie from the 90’s right up to 2017 and is the holder of four All Ireland medals and nine All Star awards and 2 Ashbourne Cup medals. Kate was Camogie Player of the Year in 2007 and was named Wexford player of the decade in 2014. Kat.e has also represented Wexford in ladies football and is the holder of 2 club All-Irelands. Kate completed a Business degree and MBA in Waterford Institute of Technology and currently works as Card Services Manager.
Valerie Mulcahy is a native of Rockban in Co Cork. She is the holder of ten All Ireland medals, 9 National Leagues, 10 Munster titles, 1 O’Connor Cup, 1 Club Intermediate All Ireland and 1 Club Junior All Ireland. She has also received a Texaco award and Irish Times, Tatler and Irish Sports Council awards. She is the holder of six All Stars and was selected at number 13 on the LGFA team of the decade. Valerie studied PE in University of Limerick and is currently a PE and Maths teacher in Gaelcholáiste Mhuire, Cork. Valerie has been a prominent community leader, advocating for diversity, inclusion and mental health awareness through her campaigning.
Gemma is a native of Carrickmore, and has represented Tyrone since 2004. She was captain of the Ulster team that won the interprovincial competition in 2014, won the Intermediate All-Ireland title in 2018 and is the holder of two All Star awards. Gemma studied Business and IT in Queens University Belfast and works as a Marketing Executive and project coordinator for the WGPA. She is interested in everything sport and digital and was another one of the founding members of the WGPA.
The Foxrock-Cabinteely woman has enjoyed remarkable success with club, college and county in recent years, winning numerous provincial and national titles, capped by 2 successive All-Ireland Championship wins with Dublin, as well as 2 All Star nominations. Collins, an engineering graduate from UCD, worked as an operations analyst with MyTaxi app before returning to complete a Masters through the Smurfitt Business School.
Fionnuala, steeped in GAA tradition, comes from the Clonduff club and has represented Down Camogie for nearly 20 years, winning her first Intermediate All-Ireland title in 1998. Since then, she has competed in several Championship finals and won 3 soaring star awards. Fionnuala was also a multiple third-level all star, while representing UUJ and UCC, where she studied Quantity Surveying and Planning. She now works as National Key Account Manager with Panda Waste in Dublin and regularly pens media articles on Gaelic games.
Lorraine from Killimordaly, Co Galway, comes from a strong tradition of Hurling & Camogie in her family. She has played for Galway Senior team for over a decade, topped off with captaining her team to All Ireland success in 2013. She has numerous titles including NUIG Sports Star Award, Connacht Camogie Player of Year & 3 All Star Awards 2011,13,15. She is a secondary school teacher in Colaiste Bhaile Chlair, Claregalway, committed to her role and proud to coach camogie teams in her school.
Hailing from Carryduff, the current Down football captain made her senior intercounty debut in 2009. Now a stalwart of the Mourne county, Kate also represented Queens University Belfast with distinction. Off the field, Kate works as a business development manager for Kinetica Sports across Ireland and the UK and through her involvement with the WGPA wants to work towards instilling real change for ladies inter county players in Ireland.
An 8 time All Star goalkeeper from West Cork. Based in Dublin, Aoife has made the commute to her native county for most of her intercounty career, on her way to securing a fantastic 9 All-Ireland titles with Cork and 3 county championships with her club Cloughduv. Since qualifying as a chartered surveyor, Aoife has also forged a successful professional career and is now working as an Associate Director in the Capital Markets department with Colliers International, a leading global real estate and investment management company.
The Sixmilebridge ace has been a regular with
County Clare since 2008, going on to be named Munster Young Player of the Year in 2009 and secure an all-star from wing back in 2013. Chloe is a secondary teacher (Geography & History) in St. Caimins Community School, Shannont and got involved with the WGPA to be part of the conversation in helping and improving women’s experience in playing gaelic games.
An 8 time All Star goalkeeper from West Cork. Based in Dublin, Aoife has made thecommute to her native county for most of her intercounty career, on her way to securing a fantastic 9 All-Ireland titles with Cork and 3 county championships with her club Cloughduv. Since qualifying as a chartered surveyor, Aoife has also forged a successful professional career and is now working as an Associate Director in the Capital Markets department with Colliers International, a leading global real estate and investment management company.