Roddy Guiney FPRII (Life), Chairman of public relations agency, Wilson Hartnell, and past President of the Institute has been elected Chairman of the Federation of Irish Sport, (the “Federation”). He succeeds David Williams whose term concluded at the recent AGM.
The Federation is the representative body for Ireland’s National Sporting Organisations and the country’s 28 Local Sports Partnerships (LSP's).
Roddy Guiney, who founded Wilson Hartnell's highly successful sports business, has been involved in sport all his life. His father Dave was an Olympic athlete, sports journalist and author. Roddy, a one-time League of Ireland player, was involved in soccer as a player, coach and manager. In business, he founded and developed Wilson Hartnell's sports business, which continues to be a major contributor to the overall WH company, Ireland’s largest and most successful public relations business.
As part of his work in Wilson Hartnell, Roddy has helped develop many major sports sponsorships including the Guinness sponsorship of the GAA All Ireland Hurling Championship, widely regarded as the country's most successful sports sponsorship for many years. He was also part of the teams for the redevelopment of both Croke Park and Lansdowne Road (Aviva) stadia.
Roddy first became involved in the Federation as an advisor for the launch of its Just Sport Ireland mediation/arbitration service and he was heavily involved in the first four of its " Irish Sport Matters" campaigns, which were devised to raise awareness of the major contribution sport makes to life in Ireland. The campaigns aimed to advance the opportunity for sport to play an even greater role in areas such health and tourism. Roddy then joined the board of the Federation in 2016.
Speaking of his appointment, Roddy Guiney said, "I am deeply honoured to take up the position. I have been lucky enough to be involved in sport all my life. I believe that while sport currently plays a really important part in Irish life, it has the potential to do even more.