History: Profiles on Prominent Officers

Ita Hannon - Mayo.   
There is little doubt that Ita Hannon has dedicated a huge chunk of her life to Cumann Peil Gael na mBan. Three decades have passed since she took to the field with Westport and in the intervening years she has graced the game at every level as a player, coach, manager, referee, secretary and administrator.
She has cherished, nurtured and developed the game in her native Mayo, in Leitrim where she lived and worked for a time, and throughout Connacht and beyond with her unstinting dedication and unselfish application.
During her time as a player Ita lined out with Westport, Hollymount, Castlebar Mitchels, St. Mary's Carrick-on-Shannon and Annaduff as well as representing the county teams of Mayo and Leitrim and the province of Connacht.
Her exploits have left her with a well-laden trophy cabinet, which includes numerous county, provincial and inter-provincial medals as well as an All Ireland Junior Championship medal, won with Mayo in 1987 and an All Ireland Club Championship runner-up medal from Hollymount's exploits in the same year.
Ita was a founder member of the Westport, Castlebar Mitchels, Carrick - on - Shannon and Kiltimagh clubs and has served as a club, county, provincial and national officer from 1979 to the present day.
These statistics go some little way towards illustrating Ita's dedication to the game but record books and newsprint don't really do justice to the woman's passion and love for Cumann Peil Gael na mBan.
It's not only a coincidence that the development of the ladies game has coincided with Ita Hannon's time in the sport. Ita along with other dedicated passionate people throughout the county have worked tirelessly to establish and expand the ladies game and the fact she continues to dedicate a huge part of her life to Cumann Peil Gael na mBan bodes very well for the future.

Manager of the following teams:
Interprovincials (Connacht) 1990 - 2006 inc.
All Stars 1997 - 2002 inc, 2004.
Mayo Senior Team 1992 - 1995 inc.
Mayo Junior Team 1991 - 1995 inc.
Mayo Minor Team 1990, 1994 & 1995.
St. Mary's Carrick-on-Shannon 1983.

Trained the following teams:
Mayo Senior Team 1992 - 1995 inc.
Mayo Junior Team 1991 - 1995 inc.
Mayo Minor Team 1990, 1994 & 1995.
St. Mary's Club Carrick-on-Shannon 1983.
Westport Club 1975 - 1976 inc.
Lankhill Club 1976 - 1977 inc.
Castlebar Mitchels.
Annaduff Club.

Connacht Team.
Co. Leitrim.
Co. Mayo.
Westport Club.
Hollymount Club.
Castlebar Mitchels Club.
St. Mary's Carrick-on-Shannon.

Held office at the following levels:
National Council:
Assistant Secretary 1991 - March 2015 inc.
Fixtures Committee 1991 - 2015 inc & Chairperson 1999 - 2013 inc .
All Ireland Weekend Committee 1993 - 1998 inc.
All Ireland School Committee 1998 - 1999 inc.
All Star Selector 1993, 1995 - 2005 inc.
National Executive 1991 - March 2015 inc.

Provincial Council:
President 1997 - 1999 inc. (3 yrs)
Secretary 1982 - 1984 inc, 1994 - 1996 inc, 2000 - 2015 inc. (21 yrs)
Assistant Secretary 1989 - 1993 inc. (5 yrs)
P.R.O. 1988 - 1992 inc, 2001 - 2002 inc. (5 yrs)
Fixtures Secretary 1991 - 2006 inc. (16 yrs)
Administrator 2004 - 2018 

Secretary (Leitrim) 1981 - 1984 inc.
Treasurer (Leitrim) 1979 - 1980 inc.
Secretary (Mayo) 1987 - 1995 inc.

Secretary (Carrick-on-Shannon) 1979 - 1980 inc.
Treasurer (Carrick-on-Shannon) 1981 - 1985 inc.
President (Castlebar Mitchels) 1996.

Club Captain:
Westport 1986.
Carrick-on-Shannon 1983.

Player of the year:
Westport 1976.

All Star Award:
1 All-Star Replacement 1984.

GAA President's Award:

Founder of clubs:
Westport 1976.
Carrick-on-Shannon 1979.
Castlebar Mitchels 1992.

All Ireland Medals:
2 Interprovincial Runners up 1984 & 1989.
1 Senior All Ireland Runner up 1984.
2 Senior League Runners up 1983 & 1985.
1 Junior Championship 1987.
1 Club Championship Runner up 1987.

Connacht Medals:
7 Senior Championship (Leitrim 5) 1981 - 1985 inc.
(Mayo 2) 1988 & 1989 inc.
1 Junior Championship (Mayo) 1987.
1 Club Championship (Hollymount) 1987.

County Medals:
2 Senior Championship 1984 & 1987.
1 Senior League 1987.
1 Senior Championship Runner up 1983.
1 Senior London Championship.

Referee Medals:
2 All Ireland Championship (U-16) 1991 & 1992.
5 Connacht Senior Championship.
5 County Senior Championship.

Helped to organize National Ladies Football Congress in Mayo in 1992.
Committee member for 1st National Strategic Plan for Cumann Peil Gael nMban.
Committee member for Provincial Strategic Plan for Connacht Ladies Council.

Other Sports:
Badminton played for clubs in Mayo and Leitrim also for the County teams of Leitrim and Mayo.
Tug o wars 2 County finals Leitrim.
Cycling - cycled from Dublin to Carrick-on-Shannon and from Mullingar to Carrick-on-Shannon for the building of Carrick-on-Shannon Sports Complex and Ladies Football Club. 100km & 50km for Mayo Pink Ribbon (Cancer Society) 2011, 2012 & 2013. TESCO - Aware 50km 2012.
Member Fitness clubs in Leitrim and Mayo.
Marathon walks and cycles for charity.
Crafts, Secretary of Westport Craft Exhibition.
Is a Lifetime Honorary Member of Carrick-on-Shannon Co. Leitrim Sports Complex.

Other Interests:
Fund raising:
I.H.C.P.T. (Irish Handicapped Children Pilgrim Trust) helper in Lourdes 1986.
Irish Wheelchair Association, 2 hundred mile walks in the Holy Land & Rome.
Mayo Spina Bifida Association.
Mayo Rehab Institute, 3 one hundred mile walks in the Holy Land.
Chernobyl Children.

Irish Cancer Society.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Community Award:
Western People Sports Star Award 1993.

Lady Mayoress:
Twice winner of Lady Mayoress in Carrick-on-Shannon 1992 & 1994.

Interview Selection:
Member of a panel for Dr. Igeo Award recipient on behalf of Mayo Rehab and Western People.
Secretary Cumann Peil Gael na mBan.
National Games Administrator Cumann Peil Gael na mBan.
Development Officers & Coaches for Mayo GAA County Borad.

Mary Quinn - Leitrim.
Mary has plays for her club, organises the running of same, trains the underage teams, officer of her County Board and Provincial Council, referees and is involved in fundraising.
Mary has done all of the above and has been a member of Central Council since the eighties. She has promoted Cumann Peil Gael na mBan in County Leitrim, Connacht and at National level.

Central Council:
Culture & Language Officer
County Board Delegate

Connacht Council: President 1994-1996, 2005-2007
Development Officer    
Culture & Language Officer
County Board Delegate

Leitrim County Board:
Culture & Language Officer
Delegate to Connacht Council

As a player:
All-Star 1988, 1989
Interprovincial player and Selector
County player for ten years winning Junior All Ireland 1988 and nuermeous Connacht Title.
Played her club football with Aughawillan.

Sports Person of the Year 1989
Senior County Championships
Senior County Leagues
Connacht Club medals

GAA President's Award:

Hall of Fame Award:

Underage County Teams
Post Primary School Teams
Underage Club Teams

Also involved with many other community projects. These activities include; facilitating Fás le Céile Parenting Program and Teen Awareness, participating in scor, choir.

Martina Carroll - Roscommon.
Martina Carroll (formerly Finneran)
Comes from a family with a great GAA tradition.
Daughter of Gerry who was Treasurer of Roscommon GAA Co. Board for 18 years.
Sister of Michael who was on the Roscommon Senior team who won four successive Connacht Senior titles (1977-1980), and who were defeated by Kerry in the All Ireland Senior Final in 1980.

Martina played club football with Ballintubber, Western Gaels and St. Mary's.
Won two Co. Senior titles with St. Mary's in 1989 and 1990.
Played U-16, Minor and Senior for Roscommon County teams. Won two Connacht
U-16 titles and one Minor title.

On an administrative level, she was Secretary of Roscommon Co. Board from 1984 to 2004.  For part of this time, she also served as Fixtures Secretary, PRO,
Connacht Council delegate and Central Council delegate.  Connacht Council Assistant Secretary 1994, 1995. Connacht Council Treasurer 1996-2010 inc.

Was a selector with the Roscommon County Junior team who won the Connacht title in 1993, but were defeated by London in the All-Ireland semi-final who went on to win the

Was a selector with the County Junior team in 2001 that won the National League
Division 3, Connacht and All-Ireland titles.

Was a recipient if the "Roscommon Ladies GAA Personality of the Year Award", organised by Co. Roscommon Sports Advisory Body in 1985 and again in 1997.
In 2001, she was honoured with one of the "People of the Year" awards, an event organised by the Roscommon Champion.
In 2004, she was invited by President Mary McAleese to an event in Aras an Uachtaran honouring people from various different sports for their contribution to their particular sport.

Kathleen Kane - Sligo

Central Council: Assistant Secreary 1995
Club: St Nathy's
Sligo Secretary: 1996, 1997.
Sligo Chairperson: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2014, 2015, 2016.
Sligo Registrar: 2001, 2002, 2003.
Sligo Assistant Secretary: 2001, 2007.
Connacht President 2000, 2001, 2002, 2011, 2012, 2013.
Connacht Pro 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000.
Connacht Vice President 2003, 2004.
Sligo Player 1993 - 2001
Winner NFL: 1995.
Connacht Junior Championship: 1995, 1996.
Inter Provincial Player: 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999.
Inter Provincial Selector: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.
Sligo Trainer - Selector: 2002, 2003.
Sligo Manager: 2004, 2005.
Club Player: 1993 - 2004, 2010.
Club Championship Winner: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002.
Connacht Junior Club Championship Winner: 1999.
St Nathy's U - 16 Trainer 2007, Senior Trainer 2009.