Who we are

Padraic Moran

Padraic Moran - Development Manager

Padraic has a BA in Communication Studies from DCU and works as a Service Specialist for Sky Ireland. Through working with Sky he has become a Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete mentor; this role allows him to be an active advocate for inclusive sport.
Padraic has been playing Boccia for the past 20 years. He has competed at two Paralympic Games (Beijing 2008 & London 2012) and took the title of World Champion in 2010. Padraic’s desire to see the sport reach its full potential along with his character, clear passion and determination together with his communication and persuasion skills will be influential in securing financial resources to allow Boccia grow in Ireland.



Damien Noonan

Head of Fundraising

Damien is an avid sports fan, has tried his hand at many, and always eagerly looks forward to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He was first introduced to the world of Boccia by Padraic Moran and was immediately taken by the sport and aspirations for Boccia Ireland.
Damien’s professional career spans technical and business consultancy, and is currently a Director of Software Engineering for a US multinational. Damien is also a steering committee member for an internal employee resource group focusing on Diversity and Inclusion and people of varying abilities.



Patrick Flanagan

Athletes Representative

Patrick has a lifetime passion for sport having been part of adapted physical activity programmes and local sports clubs from a young age.

He has played an active role in the development of Powerchair Football in Ireland, as a player, coach, and player representative. Patrick is a strong advocate of the value of sport and physical activity in the lives of people with disabilities, and has also contributed to national projects and initiatives with CARA - Sport Inclusion Ireland.

Professionally, Patrick works in the Disability NGO sector. Having previously had roles in Fundraising and Communications, he now works as a Programme Coordinator that supports people with disabilities seeking employment.


Lisa Callaghan

Head of Coaching

Lisa has a Degree In Education. She is a retired Paralympian and took part in three Paralympic Games. She is a former World Record Holder and a Javelin thrower. Lisa is now a Boccia Coach. She is also a Technical Classifier in both Boccia and Athletics. Lisa is passionate about getting people with disabilities involved in sport.


Ger Mc Tavis

Chairperson/Head of Competitions

Ger studied Sport science in TUI Dublin and has spent many of her years in the sporting fields of outdoor education, sport science performance, youth development and cultural planning.
In August 2011, Ger became the first Diversity and Inclusion officer in a sporting organisation and challenged the sporting bodies across the world to create more opportunities to help disabled people, the LGBT+ communities, ethnic minorities and to help communicate the voices of the excluded and diverse. She has worked on Human Rights programs with the Council of Europe and is an advisor to the Irish Human Rights Equality Commission in Ireland. Advisor of best practices to the family of Gaelic Games, GAA, LGFA, Camogie, Handball & Rounders. Previous experience as club development manager with Special Olympics Ireland and the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA). Ger is an experienced sports presenter on the Irish channel TG4. She is a motivational speaker and has a huge grá for her Irish language, sports, arts, and culture.


Deniese O Flaherty

Communications
Deniese is a freelance Sports journalist, broadcaster and commentator. She has worked for many local, regional and national outlets covering various sports. This year she had own sports podcast on Sportsalk.ie which proved to be a great success. She is passionate about minority sports and fell in love with Boccia at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.


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