David Barber departs as Chair of Tennis Ireland Board

David Barber departs as Chair of Tennis Ireland Board

Tennis Ireland has, today, announced that Mr. David Barber is stepping down as Chair and as a Director of Tennis Ireland as of August 1st.


David has given 12 years to Irish tennis through his service on the Leinster Branch of Tennis Ireland, on which he served as President, and as Chair since his appointment to the Board in March 2014.  During this time he has overseen the operation of the Board and been instrumental in guiding the organisation through many challenges and significant change.


Shane Cooke, the recently appointed President of Tennis Ireland said, “I would like to thank Dave for his service over the last 5 ½ years.  During this time he has made an invaluable contribution to Irish Tennis and I wish him well”.


Richard Fahey, Chief Executive, said “the sport of Tennis in Ireland owes a great debt of gratitude to David Barber.  His leadership of the Board, in a voluntary capacity, has ensured that the sport is in a much better place today both from a governance and financial situation than it was when he came onto the Board.  David is very well regarded within the sport and is known by many within the tennis community, particularly at veteran’s level, where he has competed at interprovincial and international level. He is a great supporter of Veteran’s Tennis and will continue to contribute to the sport as Tennis Ireland’s appointed delegate to the ITF’s Senior’s Committee until the end of 2019”.


David said that ‘Tennis is a wonderful sport and I would like to wish it every success in the years ahead’.


Shane Cooke, President of Tennis Ireland, will act as interim Chair until a new appointment is made.