About Clare Sports Partnership

The Clare Local Sports Partnership (CLSP) was established in 2001 by the Irish Sports Council (ISC), now known as Sport Ireland (SI) as part of the Local Sports Partnership Initiative ‘A New Era for Sport’. This approach was the first national physical activity participation strategy funded through a dedicated state agency. CLSP is a limited company financed by SI, with a requirement of the CLSP to match the ISC contribution.

CLSP is governed by a board of director’s representative of key agencies throughout the county. These include Clare / Limerick Education and Training Board, Clare County Council, Disabled People of Clare, An Garda Siochana, HSE, Clare Community Forum, Clare Local Development Company, Chamber of Commerce and sport representatives. These representatives also individually sit on sub-committees with reporting functions to the board.

The daily operations and governance of the CLSP is the responsibility of the Sports Partnership Coordinator.

CLSP work with key stakeholders nationally and within the county to target audiences and deliver specified activities and projects. The key target markets which have been the focus of development over the previous number of years include:


  1. Women in Sport
  2. Older Adult
  3. People with Disabilities
  4. School Children
  5. Unemployed
  6. Disadvantaged Youths
  7. Emigrant Communities

The Team

Mr. John Sweeney

John (BA Phys Ed, Msc PPM) is an experienced project and program manager working in this not for profit sector since 2001. John has vast experience with working with both statutory and non-statutory stakeholders, at board and individual level. He has expertise in policy development, conflict, influencing and negotiation skills. John is married with three children and his hobbies include sailing, caving, cycling and kayaking.

Ms. Catherine Ryan

Catherine joined Clare Sports Partnership as Administrator in March 2002. She handles the day to day operations of the Partnership such as accounts, finance and general office administration. With qualifications in Office Administration and a Teaching Diploma in IT and having worked in varying sectors, she brings extensive experience to her role. Not ever having had much involvement in sport in her past, Catherine now credits the Sports Partnership for her love of running and cycling after participating in Clare Sports Partnership Meet & Train and 0-60km initiatives.

Mr. James Murrihy

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer
James joined the Sports Partnership as a Sports Inclusion Disability Officer in 2008. He has a B.Sc in Financial Management and Marketing from Dublin Institute of Technology. Presently he organises and supports programmes and projects in both the Disability and Mainstream sectors. James’ knowledge and experience in the sports disability sector comes from him being a former Irish Paralympian in 7 a side football having competed in 2 Paralympic Games. He is currently a Board of Director of the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football with governs Paralympic 7 a side football.

Mr. Pat Sexton

Sports Development Officer


Pat Joined our teamin 2019. He holds a Degree in Recreation and Sports Management from Waterford IT.  He is mainly responsiblefor our cmmunity Sports Hub Programme and Women in Sport. He has a love for Gaelic Games and Cycling.