Irish Olympic Handball Association

IOHA People

IOHA Board of Directors

Fintan started playing Handball in school at the age of 15 and alongside classmate Ray Langley was one of the first members of the Irish Olympic Handball Association founded in 1975 by Lindsay Pennycook.
He became a player and later a coach in the first Irish Handball club at Tallaght in Dublin.
He played in the Irish Men’s Team in the 1980’s primarily competing in the annual 4-Nations Tournament between Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.

Fintan was deeply involved in the development of the sport throughout his playing and coaching career, with Tallaght HC but also latterly with Pelekas HC and on the Board of the IOHA.

Fintan was elected to the Nations Board of the European Handball Federation at EHF Congress in 2021 as the representative of the Lower Ranked Nations.

Michael Moloney was first elected to the Board of the IOHA in 2008 and became Secretary in 2009. He was re-elected for a second term in 2016. Michael was a founding member of Lughnasa Handball Club and a former captain of the U-21 and Senior Men’s National team, he has also coached U-16 and U-17 Boys National Team Squads.

Michael is also the IOHA Anti-Doping Officer since Jun 2013.

Darren was appointed to the Board of the IOHA in 2012 after being recruited through “Board Match”. Darren also takes a keen interest in the charity/not for profit sector and has lectured on directors responsibilities and the implications of audit for small charities. Darren acts as auditor for many charities and is a board member of the following charities:
Coolmine Therapeutic Community, Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association
SOSAD Ireland and
Hesed House

Peter was appointed to the Board of the IOHA in February 2014. Peter had previously served on the Board of the IOHA in the 90’s and is a former IOHA President. Peter qualified as an EHF Delegate in 2012 and has officiated at the 2013 EHF U-19 European Championships.

Linda Harney is a practising solicitor and a Partner in a Cork Law Firm. She is also a Chartered Tax Adviser and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She holds a Law Society Diploma in Sports Law. She brings a wealth of experience in corporate governance to the Board.

Linda has a keen interest in multiple sports. Linda previously rode as an amateur jockey. She now participates in amateur showjumping and is a keen runner.

Linda is proactive in working with volunteer organisations. Linda believes that Olympic Handball is a way for both children and adults alike to develop teamwork skills and to work together to achieve goals.

March 2016 saw the appointment of Eoin to the Board of the Irish Olympic Handball Association. Eoin is a practicing Barrister and Attorney for the State of New York. Eoin’s role will include the following:-

To act as the Board Member with specific responsibility for the strategic oversight of the Governance & Legal Business Area for the IOHA including: compliance with legal and regulatory requirements compliance with public grant funding requirements IOHA constitutional documents.

Eoin is a former legal advisor to the Irish Softball Association and previously played handball with both UCD and Astra Handball Clubs.

Andrea became the IOHA’s Technical Director in 2015 and was appointed to the Board in 2017. Andrea has nearly 20 years experience of handball in Ireland having moved here to study in UCD in the 90’s from his native Italy. In 2017 he qualified as an EHF Master Coach having achieved all the other various Coaching Awards. He is also the head coach of Astra Handball Club.

IOHA Professional Staff

Joao Ferreira is the Operations Director for the Irish Olympic Handball Association.

He first gained an interest in Olympic handball when he was 4/5 years old. The interest quickly developed into a passion and since then – 30 years later - he has been dedicated to this fantastic sport, whether as a player, referee, coach, or educator.

His journey began when he initially started playing handball in his hometown club for fun, following
the footsteps of his father, aunts and before them his grandfather. As such, Olympic Handball was a meaningful and easy choice for him and that developed the foundations for his chosen career path in the area of sports in 2003/2004. This path was obvious for him, as he considers himself to have a natural ability to coach, lead and motivate people to understand and trust in the methods, principals, and benefits of team sports by sharing his love by the sport with others.

After obtaining a degree in Sports Science and a master’s degree in Physical Education from Faculty of Sports from Porto University (Portugal), he decided to come to Ireland in 2013 and since then he has been involved in the sports field. He has worked as a coach, manager, development officer in different sport modalities. He has also played and refereed Olympic Handball in Ireland for a short period of time, having then become involved with IOHA on a volunteer basis and after as an employee.

He is optimistic that he can help to shape the future of the Olympic Handball in Ireland.

Caroline Nerbas is an Olympic Handball athlete for almost 20 years and her passion for sports made her choose Physical Education as a career. Graduated in 2016 in Brazil and holding a post-graduation in Sports Management, Caroline has experience not only with sports but also in administrative roles. Her latest accomplishment is a degree in International Business from Dorset College Dublin, finished in 2021. From teaching Olympic Handball in after school programmes, to assist on public projects in the development of Olympic Handball activities. Her organisational skills were always appreciated for those who worked with her.

Her engagement with the Irish Olympic Handball Association has the purpose to develop the sport in Ireland, giving special attention to Women in Sport project.

The IOHA is registered as a limited company, with its Articles and Memorandums of Association follow normal sporting practice as laid out by the ISC.

Sub Committees

Women's Development Committee

Caroline Nerbas

Coaching Committee

Andrea Ongaro
Alex Markovic
Joao Ferreira

Refereeing  Commitee

Marcin Lisowski
Malgorzata Jankowska

Competitions Committee

Andrew Maher

Disciplinary Committee

Disciplinary and Appealing - Eoin Gallagher



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