As Ireland’s most successful, full-service sports management agency, we pride ourselves on the connections we make between athletes, speakers and brands. We provide Ireland’s broadcasters and corporates with elite speaking talent, and we manage the engagement from planning through to event delivery.
Podcast Host, Musician & Event MC
Barry is a musician and songwriter from Limerick who plays in the band Hermitage Green. Barry joined the Munster Rugby academy after school and went on to have a 10 year career in professional Rugby playing 84 times for Munster and was capped 4 times by Ireland. Before retiring from Rugby due to a foot injury at 28, Barry started the band Hermitage Green with some friends. When his career was cut short in 2011 he became a full time musician. Since then, the band have toured the world extensively and played thousands of shows releasing 3 studio albums. Barry has always kept close ties to his rugby roots whether coaching his home club UL bohs, commentating on URC or EPCR games and is a co-host of a very popular Rugby podcast “Potholes and Penguins” with his former team mate Andrew Trimble. Barry is an accomplished MC and rugby paneliist and is much sought after on the rugby speaking circuit. Both Barryand Andrew Trimble are often booked together to host awards ceremonies and to moderate or sit on rugby panels where they bring their wealth of rugby knowledge and a decent amount of fun to the proceedings.
RFU Performance Director & Motivaltional Speaker
Performance Director at the RFU and former Head Coach of the Italian Rugby Team, Harlequins and London Irish, Conor has vast experience speaking about leadership, teamwork, transformation, as well as managing people with different cultures and languages. Informative and entertaining, Conor draws clear parallels between the world of sport and high performing teams in the business world.
RTÉ Sport & Event MC
RTÉ Sport anchor and commentator, Darragh is very well accustomed to MCing conferences and awards ceremonies having been a regular host for premium events such as the annual Leinster Rugby Awards and the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year Awards. In late 2018, Darragh MC’d the Isa Nacewa Testimonial Dinner where he hosted the event, spoke to the much loved Leinster player himself as well as moderating and presenting a brilliant Q & A session with a panel of Ireland rugby greats Brian O’Driscoll, Leo Cullen and Johnny Sexton. Darragh has hosted several Q&A’s at various Navy Blue Sports events across rugby, soccer and Gaelic events. As RTÉ Sport’s No.1 sports presenter, his knowledge of sport is unparalleled and his ability to keep panel discussions on-topic and entertaining is second to none.
Virgin Media Sport & Event MC
Sky Sports and Virgin Media Sports broadcaster and lead commentator on both radio and TV, Dave is fast becoming Ireland’s leading commentator across rugby, soccer and Gaelic games. He has commentated on several Heineken Cup finals, All Ireland football finals as well as Premier League title deciders on TV and radio. Dave is frequently booked to host sports and business events as well as MC sports Q&A panels. An engaging and passionate speaker and interviewer, Dave is literally a fountain of sporting knowledge.
Emma Byrne is one the most decorated Irish footballer in the history of the game with 134 caps for her country, twice voted Players Player of the Year by her peers in the English club game, an eleven time League title winner and with a EUFA Women’s Champions’ League Medal to add to the collection.
Former Rugby Player & Resilience Speaker
Former Leinster (184 appearances) & Ireland (34 caps) rugby player, Fergus McFadden is now a business development manager. With over 15 years experience in a high performance sports environment, Fergus has developed his talks on the key topic of resilience
RTÉ Sport, BT Sport & Motivational Speaker
Former Captain of the Irish Women’s Rugby Team (Grand Slam winning captain in 2013) and current rugby pundit with RTÉ Sport, Fiona was the first female rugby pundit and co-commentator for RTÉ Sport and is also working with BT Sport across their rugby coverage. As well as being a secondary school PE and Maths teacher by day, along with her busy sports punditry work, Fiona regularly delivers talks that delve into the areas of teamwork, resilience, motivation and leadership, as well as being a trailblazer for women in sport and garnering share of voice and success in a predominantly male-centric environment.
BT Sport & ITV Sport
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RTÉ Sport, Amazon Prime Sport & High Performance Speaker
Jamie Heaslip is one of the most decorated players in the history of Irish Rugby. Over the course of a 13 year career he amassed 229 appearances for Leinster and 100 international caps, 95 for Ireland and 5 for the British and Irish Lions. He played a key part in the crafting of both Leinster Rugby’s and Ireland’s winning mindset which took them to the professional powerhouse’s they are today. Jamie believes that great results come from having a plan and sticking to it. Having earned a reputation in the high performing professional rugby world, he then applied what he learned to business and loves to share his learnings with corporate audiences.. He is passionate about high performing teamwork and enjoys sharing his experiences with corporate audiences using his own experiences and answering questions from business audiences. Jamie speaks on various topics including ‘Learning from Failure’, ‘Leadership’, ‘Culture and mindset’, ‘Team Culture’ and ‘High Performance Environments’.
Virgin Media Sport, TG4 & Rugby Panelist
Ireland, Barbarians and Leinster centre Jenny Murphy was part of the Irish squad to win the Grand Slam in 2013 as well as making it to the World Cup semi-final in 2014 and winning the Six Nations in 2015. A qualified PE teacher, Jenny works for PepTalk, engaging people in the workplace. Her media work saw her hosting SportsJoe Show, Play X Play, as well as being a rugby analyst for TG4 on their Guinness Pro14 coverage and commentator for Virgin Media. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Jenny can talk passionately about a number of topics such as wellbeing, resilience and goal-setting.
International Rugby Referee & Diversity Speaker
Former International Rugby Player and Ireland Captain and Grand Slam Winner, Joy Neville is a power house of firsts: First woman in the world to officiate in European Challenge Cup. Named World Referee of the Year 2017. First woman to referee in the Challenge Cup and PRO14. First woman to TMO in the Men’s 6Nations. Joy speaks knowledgably about diversity, inclusion, and breaking the mould in a male dominated environment. A regular contributor on the speaking circuit, Joy is a captivating and engaging speaker and a wonderful addition to panels in both sports and business arenas.
RTÉ Sport & Strategy Specialist
A passionate speaker, Lisa draws on her vast experience, insights and expertise as a high-performance Strategy Specialist and UEFA Pro License Manager/Coach to deliver talks in both corporate and educational settings covering topics such as strategy, team work, mindset and high performance. Lisa is a highly respected sports professional with a strong proven track record of success in elite sport. From her time as a sports journalist to her key leadership positions over the last decade, Lisa has shattered glass ceilings as Ireland’s first ever female to coach in the professional men’s game. Lisa’s work in media saw her become the first female football panellist on national TV in Ireland to cover men’s international and Champions League matches. Her expertise in analysis and the development and execution of high-performance strategies have led her to being involved with some of the highest profile teams in soccer and football.
3 Time Olympian & Sustainability Speaker
Natalya has forged her career as a multiple-world medallist and Olympic athlete in Modern Pentathlon. Competing in three Olympics, she is adept at speaking about determination, goal setting, resilience and the will to win. Her experience as a dedicated athlete gives excellent insight into how she managed to balance her training and life and the skills that helped her to succeed as an athlete, which are directly transferable to the work environment, for example, time management, goal setting, managing failure, working under pressure, dealing with setbacks, dedication, motivation and preservation.
Natalya is driven to use her voice to amplify change for the next generation. Passionate about sustainability, she has undertaken an MSc in Sustainability economics and policy at UCL, focusing on environmental standards and risk. Since graduating, Natalya landed her dream sustainability job in the sporting sector. A seasoned speaker, she uses her experience of elite-level competition to describe ways we can take on the biggest race, saving this planet.
She is confident in speaking about a range of topics, including:
Mayo GAA & Resilience Speaker
Mayo GAA footballer Padraig is well known for his advocacy in the mental health arena. Padraig is a father of three, lives in Mayo, and works as a youth Justice worker for Youth Work Ireland and as community liaison officer for the Mayo Mental Health Association. He is also heavily involved in the community, founding a community group in 2020 to tackle the lack of inclusivity in Ballina and Mayo. This has led to a number of successes for the local neurodivergent community most of all the fundraising and development of a sensory park in Ballina. Padraig regularly delivers talks that delve into the areas of mental health, in particular resilience. He has also developed a unique talk on inclusion and diversity with a focus on Autism and ADHD. Having received a later in life diagnosis of ADHD himself, Padraig found himself part of the neurodivergent community. Having struggled with inclusion in his formative years, this diagnosis along with many years working in the area has ignited a passion in Padraig to educate people on inclusion and to help give a better understanding of people with Autism and ADHD so they can feel ‘seen’, included and appreciated in the workplace, school, local sports clubs and in their communities. With both of Padraig’s talk topics, he ensures he draws parallels for each relevant audience, and tailors his presentation to speak to companies, sports clubs and local communities alike, making the skills he is highlighting directly transferrable to those he is addressing.
Champion Jockey, Adventurer & Motivational Speaker
Three Time Champion Jockey, Richard was the only jockey to win the ‘Big Three’ National Hunt Races – Aintree Grand National 1986, Cheltenham Gold Cup 1988 and Champions Hurdle 1990 – and was awarded an MBE for his services to sport in 1993. An avid adventurer, Richard competed in the inaugural Polar Race to the Magnetic North Pole, completed an unsupported expedition to the South Pole and walked the length of Japan’s three largest islands covering over 2000 miles in 101 days. With his knowledge of sport at the top level and what it takes to survive in extreme environments, Richard has been delivering speeches and presentations to the business world for over 20 years.
RTÉ Sport & Mental Health Speaker
Former international footballer, best known as an RTÉ TV soccer pundit and now award winning author (‘Recovering’ 2019), Richie is also a qualified Psychotherapist and has become a well-known figure on the Irish mental health scene. Richie is one of Ireland’s most trusted voices in both the Irish sporting and mental health arenas. He has been a keen advocate for mental fitness especially in young adults and is regularly booked for talks centering on his career, experience and mental health. He is a regular contributor to RTÉ radio, and the Second Captains sports podcast, presenting The Player’s Chair. He is also a columnist for The Irish Times. Richie’s second book, ‘Let’s Talk’, was published in April 2022, becoming another top seller.
Olympian & Motivational Speaker
Terry Kennedy, who currently represents Ireland on the World Rugby Sevens Series circuit, is one of the most exciting Sevens rugby players in the world today. Terry is also an Olympian, having represented Team Ireland Sevens at the Tokyo games in 2021 and will compete in his second Olympics in Paris in 2024. Terry made his Sevens debut in 2015 after playing the XVs to a high level, including winning caps for Ireland u20s. He has essentially been ever-present in the green jersey since then as Ireland has ascended up the levels of the sport. Throughout his career, Terry has established himself as one of the top players on the circuit, earning him a spot on the HSBC Dream Team and the title of Top Try Scorer for the 2021/22 World Rugby Sevens Series. Terry was also a member of the squad that won the bronze medal at the 2022 Rugby World Cup Sevens and he was subsequently named the 2022 World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year. Off the pitch, Terry loves travelling the globe and is fascinated by the crossover between elite sport and successful, high performing businesses. Alongside his sporting career, Terry works for boutique investment firm Triton Lake. Terry is frequently asked to join fireside chats and panel discussions as he is uniquely positioned to talk about the crossover between elite sport and successful, high performing businesses. Other topics Terry specialises in are: