Financial Broker Launch Sponsorship of the 2023 Irish Sport Industry Awards

Tue Apr 18 2023

PRESS RELEASE 18th April 2023

The Federation of Irish Sport has launched the 2023 Irish Sport Industry Awards in association with Financial Broker.

18 April 2023;L-R  Mary O’Connor, CEO Federation of Irish Sport, Liam Carberry, President of Brokers Ireland, Rob Hartnett, CEO Sport for Business and Chair of the Judging Panel for the Irish Sport Industry Awards and Rachel McGovern, Director of Financial Services, Brokers Ireland 

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 25th May in The Westin Hotel’s historic Banking Hall.

The Federation is very pleased to welcome Financial Broker as the official sponsor of the 2023 Irish Sport Industry Awards. The awards celebrate and reward excellence in the business of sport, while simultaneously highlighting the contribution of sport to the Irish economy. This will be the sixth staging of the awards which recognise the invaluable relationship between business and sport in Ireland. The Sport industry in Ireland supports 64,000 jobs, stimulates €3.3 billion in household spending, and generates €3.7 billion (GVA) gross value added to the Irish economy.

Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport said: “I’m delighted to launch the call for entries from next Monday and to announce Financial Broker as the official sponsor of these prestigious awards. I would like to thank them for their support in recognising the valuable link sport plays to the economy. Through these awards and variety of categories we recognise the value that sport adds to the Irish economy across the sporting landscape. According to Sport Ireland research the sport economy has grown faster than the economy as a whole over the past 10 years. We are looking forward to building on the success of the 2022 awards and celebrating the return to sporting activity post-pandemic and looking towards the future of the sports sector.”

 Brokers Ireland is delighted to announce a new partnership collaboration between its financial consumer brand, Financial Broker, and the 2023 Irish Sport Industry Awards which take place on Thursday 25th May in Dublin.

Commenting on the partnership with Financial Broker, Liam Carberry, President of Brokers Ireland, said: “We are proud to collaborate with the Federation of Irish Sport on their prestigious annual Irish Sport Industry Awards which recognises the value that the sports sector contributes to Irish society, in addition to the work being done by National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships within communities across the country” stated Liam.

‘’There are synergies between the Federation of Irish Sport which is the voice for Irish sport and endorses the value, well-being, and positive attributes that sports participation offers, and the Financial Broker brand which provides consumers with a more confident and holistic approach to financial guidance. Studies have shown that proactive financial planning can help to build a more secure financial foundation which can lead to a happier, healthier life’’ said Liam.

Nominations will open in the coming days, for a full list of categories, event updates and to enter the awards go to: Closing date for entries is Wednesday 26th April


About the Irish Sport Industry Awards

The award categories celebrate Best Sports Businesses (new and existing) the Jimmy Magee Award for Best Sports Coverage of the Year, leading governing body and local sports partnership initiatives, Best Sports Sponsorship, Best Inclusivity initiative, Best promotion of Women in Sport, Best Use of Communications platforms, and the Outstanding Achievement Award.

The entries will be judged by an esteemed judging panel comprising of media, PR, and independent sports industry experts and Chaired by Sport for Business founder and CEO Rob Hartnett. The Jimmy Magee FIS/ASJI Award for Sports Coverage of the Year will be independently adjudicated by the Association of Sports’ Journalists Ireland (ASJI), ASJI President Paul Lennon and include Kelli O’Keeffe MD Teneo, Sport and Sponsorship and Sarah O’Connor Deputy CEO of Wilson Hartnell as panellists.

About the Federation of Irish Sport

Established in 2002, the Federation of Irish Sport is the representative organisation for the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) in Ireland. The Federation’s membership consists of over 110 members comprising of 81 NGBs and 29 LSPs, representing over 12,000 sports clubs nationwide. The role of the Federation is to speak on behalf of its members and represent their views to the public, while also providing them with a range of services.

About Brokers Ireland /Financial Broker

Brokers Ireland is the leading representative body for Brokers with a combined strength of over 1,250 firms representing both general insurance and financial brokers throughout Ireland. Financial Broker firms advise consumers on financial service products and services including pensions; protection; savings; investment and mortgage products. Financial Brokers are experts on financial planning matters and provide a wide choice of products and providers from across the market. See for further information on the Financial Broker brand offering.

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