LGBTQI+ Inclusion in Sports

Growth in Sport

Declan McDonagh
AIB - Group Communications

In this video Declan McDonagh, a proud member of AIB’s Pride Network Group tells us about how playing sport created some of his happiest childhood memories. As a passionate football fan, he would attend Irish and international matches but something that struck a chord for Dec was when he heard chants at Arsenal matches that were offensive to the LGBTQI+ community.

Dec mentions how coming out is a brave thing to do but he says that welcoming and inclusive spaces need to be created by players and organisations to support members. Dec mentions that even though the 2015 Marriage Equality Referendum was passed over 5 years ago, sport is still behind.

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Declan McDonagh

Dec, as he likes to be known, has found his niche working in internal communications and engagement at AIB. He is personable and passionate about people and this shows in his previous roles working in HR and with adults with intellectual disabilities. He was up front, centre and proud at the launch of AIB’s first Diversity & Inclusion week in 2017. He creates and designs D&I communications, and is a familiar and respected member of the Pride Network.

Sports wise, for Dec its Arsenal and Dublin GAA to the end. His love of sport had formative and dramatic beginnings with a hole-in-one playing Pitch and Putt, and two-time champion in his local tennis club, all before the age of ten. Dec has now made peace with the fact that these remain his greatest sporting achievements.

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Setting the Scene

Dr. Tanya Ní Mhuirthile
Assistant Professor of Law, LlM Programme Chair – DCU