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Ballinacurra Gaels announce boot swap initiative



Ballinacurra Gaels GAA and LGFA Club new Boot Swap initiative announced which will help combat the rising costs of sporting participation

Ballinacurra Gaels GAA and LGFA Club announce the launch of their new Boot Swap initiative for 2024

With how quickly young children grow out of footwear and the ever-increasing cost of new boots, Ballinacurra Gaels are launching an initiative to help keep sports community focused.

To help members, Ballinacurra Gaels are launching a boot swap where used boots can be donated to the club and replacement pairs may be selected. Boots must be in good condition and will be checked and cleaned by club volunteers.

Along with helping with the increasing cost of living, the Boot Swap ties in with Ballinacurra Gaels’ status as a Candidate GAA Green Club. This Green Clubs programme requires clubs to embark on a series of initiatives around the five themes of Biodiversity, Water, Waste, Energy and Transport.



Ballinacurra Gaels are very lucky to border the Limerick City and County Council-run Baggot Estate Nature Park and take every opportunity to utilise this wonderful facility. At their club gate they have added an award-winning Pollinator Patch which is being constantly expanded and developed.  

In relation to Waste, the club has removed all single use cups from the clubhouse and replaced them with second-hand mugs purchased from Enable Ireland. The club no longer supplies disposable glasses or drinks cartons to children after games instead providing jugs of diluted orange and blackcurrant to fill each child’s own water bottle.

For the theme of Water large rainwater harvesting units have been ordered to support the Pollinator Patch and outdoor taps will be replaced to reduce the risk of being accidentally left turned on.

With no floodlights, Ballinacurra Gaels use relatively little energy and have replaced all lighting in the clubhouse with energy efficient alternatives to further reduce electricity usage. Finally, Ballinacurra Gaels have long promoted walking or cycling to training and matches and run a very successful Bike Parade for Bike Week every May.

Ballinacurra Gaels Boot Swap will be launched on Tuesday, April 30th in Ballinacurra Gaels’ clubhouse V94 TF65. Club Chairperson, Eoin Buckley, said, “We are looking forward to seeing boots of all sizes and colours coming into the club, to supporting parents by reducing the cost of playing sport and to helping everyone by reducing the waste associated with buying new boots”.

The club encourages anyone with boots, or other playing equipment such as hurleys and helmets, to please bring them to the club on the day or on any training day after that. Boots will be checked and cleaned prior to being offered for swap.

Ballinacurra Gaels is a GAA and LGFA club based in Ballinacurra in Limerick City. The club offers hurling and Gaelic football from age 6 upwards. Find out more here
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