American Football Ireland Management Team 2020

American Football Ireland Logo [Ref: 2]

Board Members

PresidentOrla McAleese
Board MemberChristine Bolton
Board MemberJo Buchanan
Board MemberPaul Kirkwood
Board MemberJohn Lynch
Board MemberAidan Maguire
Board MemberRoss Neville
Board MemberPaul O’Donnell
Board MemberUnfilled (20 April 2020)
American Football Ireland Board Members 2020 [Ref: 1]


CommissionerBrian Cleary
Chief Finance OfficerConor Gibney
Finance OfficerMichal Kazio
Child Protection OfficerRob Hennessey
Anti-Doping OfficerRoss Neville
Chief Communications OfficerUnfilled (20 April 2020)
AdministratorUnfilled (20 April 2020)
American Football Ireland Administration 2020 [Ref: 1]

Directors and Support Personnel

Commercial DirectorKate Sherry
Director of National Programme OperationsAlan Orr
Director of OfficiatingSteve Moles
Assistant Director of OfficiatingStephen King
Officiating Development ManagerBarry Bolton
Officiating Appeals ManagerDr. Kelly Dwyer
Director of CoachingUnfilled (20 April 2020)
Director of Flag FootballRobert Caldwell
Director of Youth FootballBill Dougherty
Director of DevelopmentUnfilled (20 April 2020)
American Football Ireland Directors and Support Personnel [Ref: 1]


A new management team, led by Orla McAleese was elected between 2018 and 2020, renaming the Organisation American Football Ireland on 4 February 2020 [Ref: 2]. Orla McAleese was voted in as President on 28 January 2018 [Ref: 3], replacing the old Administration, led by Commissioner Cillian Smith and President Michael Smith, who stepped down. A new Commissioner, Brian Cleary was appointed 8 March 2020 [Ref: 4].

American Football Ireland Commissioner 2020 Brian Cleary [Ref: 6]



[1] American Football Ireland (2020) Management Team [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 20 April 2020]

[2] American Football Ireland (2020) Press Release American Football Ireland [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 20 April 2020]

[3] American Football Ireland (2020) AGM of Irish American Football Association [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 20 April 2020]

[4] American Football Ireland (2020) New Commissioner Appointed [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 20 April 2020]


[5] American Football Ireland (2020) AFI Logo 2020 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 10 February 2020]

[6] American Football Ireland (2020) Commissioner: Brian Cleary [Internet] Available from:×300.jpg [Accessed 20 April 2020]


Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Ralph Schmeer and Michael Brophy of the Irish American Football Association and Irish American Football Officials Association.

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