The launch of the new Dundalk FC Community Boot Room took place in the Youth Development Centre at Oriel Park on Friday afternoon.

The new initiative was set up to enable children and families without boots and equipment to take part in sporting activities by making use of donations made to the Community Boot Room.

Speaking at the launch, Dundalk FC FSR Officer Aoife Burns explained the concept of the idea supported by Dundalk FC’s Community Sustainability Partner, Dundalk Credit Union, Dundalk Paint Store, The Toolbox and Louth Local Sports Partnership.

“From the community work that we do, we know that there are times, for various reasons, that families may not be able to purchase new boots or gear or there are times when boots are too small, too big, or get damaged while playing,” said Aoife.

“With rising costs, replacing boots or gear can be hugely expensive so we have launched this community initiative to try and assist families when they need new boots and gear that are not just for football.

“Initially, we have started with football and GAA boots and equipment but hope to branch out to other sports in the future through donations from the community.”

Pete Myles from The Toolbox (left) and Aidan McAlevey from Dundalk Paint Store (right) pictured with Cameron Elliott, Dundalk FC FSR Officer Aoife Burns and Daryl Horgan at the launch of the Community Boot Room in the YDC at Oriel Park

The Community Boot Room is located on the underground floor of the Youth Development Centre at Oriel Park. The shelving in the room was made from recycled wood while the paint and painting accessories were donated by Dundalk Paint Store.

The Toolbox donated the screws, hooks and door lock and players and coaches offered all of the boots and gear while an army of volunteers donated their time to get this initiative over the line.

The Community Boot Room will be open Monday to Friday from 9 am-9pm by contacting one of the key holders that will be on the premises. 

If you would like to donate football boots or any sports equipment that is in good condition, you can contact

Alternatively, you can drop them off at Dundalk Credit Union on Market Street or at Louth Local Sports Partnership at Dundalk Sports Centre in Muirhevnamor.