Niamh O'Sullivan

School of Business

Lecturer

School of Business Building
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(01) 708 6636

Biography

Niamh teaches Equine Business at the School of Business. She teaches the subjects stud farm business management, equine leisure and tourism, racecourse and equine event management and the social and economic impact of the equine industry both in Ireland and internationally. Before joining Maynooth University, Niamh worked in a variety of advisory and management positions within both the thoroughbred and sport horse sectors including Specialist Equine Adviser with Teagasc (The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority) General Manager, Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Equestrian Sport Manager, Horse Sport Ireland. She has many years of practical experience working in the industry in Ireland, the UK and Europe.

Research Interests

Her research interests are the international thoroughbred breeding and racing industry, sport horse breeding programmes,equestrian high performance programmes, increasing participation in equestrian sport, the international management of disease prevention and control.

Niamh is also a PhD candidate at Dublin City University, Ireland, under the supervision of Professor David G. Collings.  Her main research interests are skilled mobility and macro talent management.  Her current work focuses on the role of skilled mobility in augmenting regional competitiveness.

 

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Clusters and talent management: Optimizing the potential of skilled mobility within spatial agglomerations'
Niamh C. O'Sullivan & David G. Collings (2019) 'Clusters and talent management: Optimizing the potential of skilled mobility within spatial agglomerations' In: Vlad Vaiman, Paul Sparrow, Randall Schuler and David G. Collings (eds). Macro Talent Management in Emerging and Emergent Markets. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 (2017) Irish Academy of Management: Facing the business and management challenges of a Post-Brexit World’.
Niamh O' Sullivan, David G. Collings (2017) (2017) Irish Academy of Management: Facing the business and management challenges of a Post-Brexit World’. [Oral Presentation], An exploratory study on the potential of skilled mobility to develop, increase and sustain regional competitiveness, Belfast. N. Ireland , 30-AUG-17 - 01-SEP-17 [Details]
2012
Ms. Fiona Sheridan (2012) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The Dublin Horse Show; its history, changes, challenges and organisation, Royal Dublin Society, FSS, Management [Details]
2012
Mr. Joey Cullen,Marketing Manager (2012) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The financial performance of the Irish sales, Goffs Bloodstock Sales, FSS, Management [Details]
2012
Mr. Colin McLelland, Communications Manager (2012) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The development of Team Equestrian Ireland, Horse Sport Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2012
Ms. Deirdre Harte, Assitant Breeding Manager (2012) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Breeding for high performance, Horse Sport Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2012
Mr. Keith Rowe, CEO (2012) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], An overview of the RACE- History, aims, funding and current issues, Racing Academy and Centre of Education, FSS, Management [Details]
2012
Mr. Leo Powell, Managing Editor (2012) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The role of the media in the Irish sport horse and thoroughbred sectors, The Irish Field, FSS, Management [Details]
2011
Ms. Heather Coyle, High Performance Coordinator (2011) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Ireland's international coaching system, Horse Sport Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2011
Mr. Denis Egan, CEO (2011) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Integrity and best practice within the thoroughbred racing industry, The Irish Turf Club, FSS, Management [Details]
2011
Mr. Fionnan Nestor (2011) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The promotion and marketing of Ireland as an equestrian tourist destination, Failte Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2011
Michael O' Rourke, Director of Communications & Barabara White, Marketing Services Manager (2011) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Critical analysis of the HRI Strategic Marketing Group Report, Horse Racing Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2011
Mr. Daithi Harvey, Marketing Executive (2011) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], New opportunities for the Irish thoroughbred industry, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, FSS, Management [Details]
2011
Ms. Heather Coyle, High Performance Coordinator (2011) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The role and governance of the Federation Equestrian International, Horse Sport Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2011
Mr. Paddy Berry, Assistant Manager (2011) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], International stud book regulationss, Weatherbys Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2010
Mr. Keith Rowe, CEO (2010) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The role of the Racing Academy within Irish Racing and future aims and objectives of the school, Racing Academy and Centre of Education, FSS, Management [Details]
2010
Mr. Jim Kavanagh, CEO (2010) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Overview of the work, aims and objectives of the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association, Irish Racehorse Trainers Association, FSS, Management [Details]
2010
Ms. Caroline Gray, CEO, Fairyhouse Racecourse (2010) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Overview of Fairyhouse Racecourse and raceday management, Fairyhouse Racecourse, FSS, Management [Details]
2010
Mr. Simon Kerins, Director, Tattersalls Ireland (2010) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], An overview of Tattersalls Ireland, Tattersalls Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2010
Mr. Francis Hyland (2010) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Politics of the betting industry and the future financing of racing, Irish Bookmakers Association, FSS, Management [Details]
2010
Mr. Noel O' Brien, National Hunt Handicapper (2010) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The National Hunt pattern and race handicapping, The Irish Turf Club, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Des Leadon, Head of Clinical Patholgy (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The importance of disease prevention and control, Irish Equine Centre, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Colin McClelland (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Communications & Marketing within the Sport Horse industry, Horse Sport Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manager, Curragh Racecourse (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Raceday Sponsorship, The Curragh Racecourse, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Ms. Grainne Sugars, Manager (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Education & Coaching within the Equine Leisure & Tourism Sector, Calliaghstown Equestrian Centre, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
(2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The role of the media within the Irish equine industry, The Irish Field, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Ms. Jean Mitchell, Event Director (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Organising a Three day Event, Eventing Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Ms. Tamso Doyle, Marketing Manager (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Importance of Racing to the Equestrian Leisure & Tourism Sector, Horse Racing Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Denis Egan, CEO (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Role of the Irish Turf Club in maintaing the Rules & Regulations Irish Racing, The Irish Turf Club, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Ms. Deirdre Harte, Assistant Breeding Manager, Horse Sport Ireland (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Gateway Organisations to Equestrian Sport, Horse Sport Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. JP Montgomery, Marketing Manager, RDS (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Promotion and Marketing of the Dublin Horse Show, Royal Dublin Society (RDS), FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Michael O' Hagan, CEO (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Marketing Ireland as a Centre of excellence for Thoroughbred Breeding & Racing, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Paddy Berry, Assistant Manager (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The Function of Weatherbys Ireland GSB Ltd, Weatherbys Ireland GSB Ltd, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Ms. Fiona Sheridan, Operations Manager, RDS (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Event Operations for the Dublin Horse Show, Royal Dublin Society (RDS), FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Noel O' Brien, Senior National Hunt Handicapper (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The Role of the Handicapper in Irish Racing, The Irish Turf Club, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Francis Hyland (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Theory & Practicalities of Book making, Irish Bookmakers Association, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Ms. Karen Hennessy, Lecturer (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Profile of the Equestrian Leisure Sector, University College Dublin, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Jim Kavanagh, CEO (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The Irish Racehorse Trainers Association - Past & Present, Irish Racehorse Trainers Association, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Aidan Byrne, CEO (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], An overview of the Association of Irish Racehorse Owners Association, Association of Irish Racehorse Owners, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Richard pugh (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], An overview of Irish Point to Point services, Irish Point to Point Services, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Tommy O' Sullivan (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Health & Safety on Racecourses, Health & Safety Authority, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Joey Cullen, Marketing Manager (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], An Overview of Goffs Bloodstock Sales and the Irish thoroughbred market, Goffs Bloodstock Sales, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Fionnan Nestor (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The development of Ireland as an Equestrian Tourist Destination, Failte Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Dr. Sue Judd, Senior Lecturer in Equine Studies (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Profile of the UK Equestrian Leisure Sector, Writtle College, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Lorcan Kelly, Grounds Manager, Tattersalls Ireland (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Logistics and facility planning in event organisation, Tattersalls Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Ms. Deirdre Harte, Assistant Breeding Manager (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Equestrian Leisure Activities, Horse Sport Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Keith Rowe, CEO (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The Role of RACE in the Irish and international thoroughbred horse industry, Racing Academy and Centre of Education, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Ms. Karen Hennessy (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Profile of the Irish Sport Horse industry -The Competition Sector, University College Dublin, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Ms. Fiona Sheridan, Executuve Assistant (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], An overview of the work of the Royal Dublin Society and the hosting of the Dublin horse Show, Royal Dublin Society, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Simon Kerins, Director, Tattersalls Ireland (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Tattersalls Ireland, Tattersalls Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Ronan Corrigan, Chairman (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], Show jumping Ireland and the Irish Sport Horse industry, Show Jumping Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]
2009
Mr. Alexis Murphy, CEO (2009) [Visiting and guest lecturers hosted], The role of the Tote within the Irish betting industry, Tote Ireland, FSS, Management [Details]

Electronic Article

  Year Publication
2018 Odds on: A Short History of Bookmaking.
Niamh C. O' Sullivan (2018) Odds on: A Short History of Bookmaking. Electronic Article [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
1994 Bachelor of Science in Agriculture University of Essex
1990 Certificate in Agriculture and Equine Production Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny
1997 Postgraduate Diploma in Equine Studies University College Dublin
1992 Thoroughbred Breeding and Management Course Irish National Stud

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association Regional Committee Member /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Horse Sport Ireland (HSI), The Governing body for Irish Equestrianism Equestrian Sport Manager 01-NOV-07 / 30-OCT-08
Teagasc Equine Specialist Adviser 01-SEP-00 / 01-DEC-01
Writtle College Lecturer & Year Superviser, Assistant Manager of College Stud Farm 01-JUN-98 / 01-MAY-00
Irish Thoroughbred Breeders association (ITBA. The representative body for Thoroughbred Breeders Manager 01-JAN-02 / 01-SEP-07

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1994 University of Essex Bachelor of Science
1992 Irish National Stud Diploma, First place, Gold medal recipient
2015 Dublin City University PhD Student- Ongoing Talent Management
1997 University College Dublin GradDip, First Class Honours
1990 Kildalton College Certificate

Teaching Interests

Main teaching interests are the social, sporting and economic impact of the equine industry in Ireland and internationally, the importance of business, financial and regulatory management within the industry, measures to promote and develop greater engagement with and participation in thoroughbred racing and equestrian sports. 

For example I teach the Introduction to the Equine Industry module to our first year BBS in Equine Business students:
This module is designed to enable students to understand the business environment within the Irish equine industry. It examines the range of equine firms operating within Ireland and abroad. It also offers insights into the interplay between the various equine business, industry stakeholders, and the environment in which they operate in Ireland and internationally. This module will give students a comprehensive knowledge of the size and economic importance of both the thoroughbred and sport horse sectors of the Irish equine industry relative to our main international competitors, including activities involved, population/production figures, participant numbers, regional centres of excellence, numbers employed, and performance parameters. It examines the organisational structure and responsibilities and critically evaluates the objectives of the governing and relevant industry bodies. It appraises the input and response by the governing bodies and industry stakeholders to Government policies. It identifies and assesses the financial support structures in place within the industry and the role of public funding. The module explores the symbiotic relationship between many of the main industry stakeholders in both the sport horse and thoroughbred sectors and also between the two sectors of the equine industry itself.

Students will learn about and have the opportunity to discuss Government policy and topical issues of concern within the industry with staff and a number of expert industry practitioners who will join the class for a speaker series that runs throughout the module. Specifically, the module will assess the status of the Irish equine industry within the international equine industry and the potential for building on our strength’s and past successes to further develop the Irish equine industry on the world stage.