Northern Ireland

Sunderland appoints Armagh woman as chief executive

Margaret Byrne was appointed Sunderland CEO on Thursday
Image caption Margaret Byrne was appointed Sunderland CEO on Thursday

A south Armagh woman has become one of the youngest chief executives of a Premier League football club.

Solicitor Margaret Byrne, 31, from Dromintee, was appointed Sunderland CEO on Thursday to become the only woman to currently hold the post at that level.

She has been legal director and secretary at the Stadium of Light since 2007.

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn said she would continue her "fantastic work as the club continues to grow".

Writing on the club's website, former Irish international Mr Quinn said Ms Byrne had been a "true driving force" for the past four years.

"The fact that the club has gone from strength to strength, on and off the pitch in that period, is no coincidence," he said.

"She has enormous passion for our football club and as its CEO, she will continue with the fantastic work that has gone before and will play a key role as the club continues to grow."