Joanna Byrne appointed as interim Drogheda United chairperson

League of Ireland Premier Division side Drogheda United have unveiled Joanna Byrne as the club’s interim chairperson.

Byrne assumes the role after previous chair Conor Hoey stepped down on Wednesday morning.

In a statement, Drogs confirmed that Byrne will be interim chairperson until she is formally proposed as chairperson to the members of the club in an AGM in early 2023.

Byrne is currently a Sinn Fein Councillor for Drogheda - and becomes one of the first female chairpersons in the League of Ireland.

Speaking after her appointment, she said: “It's nothing short of an honour to be appointed Chairperson of the Club I love.

“It's no secret that Drogheda United holds a dear place in my heart and it is a proud day for the family too as I look forward to building on the legacy left before me by my Grandad Mick.

“Conor Hoey has been a breath of fresh air in recent years for The Drogs and with his support and the support of a great board around us I've every confidence we will together continue to progress the club in every way we can.

“Once again, this proves to be a progressive step for the club in appointing a female Chairperson and I hope this will promote further opportunities for like-minded females throughout the League of Ireland.

“As Kevin and Daire work hard to assemble our squad for the 2023 season, I look forward to supporting them in their endeavours and can't wait until we're all back in United Park cheering on the Claret & Blue Army.”