Club Facilities

Cooley Kickhams are situated in the northern end of County Louth at the foot of the beautiful Cooley Mountains and within walking distance of the picturesque village of Carlingford. Our grounds which are known as Fr. Mc Evoy Park were officially opened in 1969 which included a full size playing pitch with changing rooms, referee’s facilities and Clubrooms with toilet facilities.The official opening of the grounds was performed by the then President of the GAA John Dowling. A juvenile playing pitch was developed in the interim years

Cooley Kickhams opened a new Sports Complex in 1988 within the grounds which boasted a playing arena with a viewing balcony, 2 additional changing rooms, a kitchen and meeting rooms. This sports area could cater for different types of indoor sport and activity such as volleyball, basketball, badminton, indoor football & camogie for juveniles.

In 1997 the Club were the first in the county to install floodlights on their full size playing pitch and these were officially switched on by the President of the GAA of that time Jack Boothman.

In 2003 the Club embarked on an ambitious 3 phase plan of constructing an all-weather playing facility, an expansive extension to the existing complex and acquiring more green grass area for the ever increasing popularity of our games.

The all-weather playing facility was officially opened in late 2003 by the government minister Dermot Aherne. This facility is quite popular within the community and is widely used by numerous teams and groups within the Club.

In June 2006 the Club opened an extension to the existing Sports Complex which included 2 changing rooms, gymnasium, sauna, playgroup facilities, computer room, Club shop, bar/ function room and a viewing stand. An Uachtarain Nicky Brennan attended the official ceremony and described the facilities as “state of the art” and one of the finest G.A.A. buildings in the country. Some splendid views are apparent from inside the function room such as Slieve Foy and Queen Maedbhe’s Gap to the West and on the North looking across Carlingford Lough to the foot of the mountains of Mourne and looking southwards you can view Dundalk bay. The function room has to date catered for many celebrations within the community such as birthdays, anniversaries and weddings and quite recently figured strongly on the “Don’t tell the bride” reality programme on the TV screen.

As a result of the Club extending their facilities in 2006 the local branch of the Irish Red Cross are using the old Clubrooms as their headquarters which has been of enormous advantage to the community.

A walk around the grounds has also been added in recent years and has become a popular walk for the enthusiasts due to the safety of the environment provided.

In recent years the Club has purchased some green grass area adjoining our grounds which will be developed into 1 full size playing pitch and one more juvenile pitch. This should enable the Club with 2 full size playing pitches and 3 juvenile playing pitches to cater for all age groups and codes within the organisation.