Ireland

Irish Homeless Street Leagues

Irish Homeless Street Leagues use the power of sport to transform the lives of individuals from underprivileged, poorly educated, socially excluded, and conflicted communities. The participants are men & Women between the ages of 16 and 40 years. IHSL operate more than 10 leagues countrywide, with two in Dublin alone.

Among Team Ireland’s Patrons are President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, Colin Farrell, and Former Ireland International footballer Kevin Kilbane.

Meet the Team

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John Dowling (IHSL), Tomas Dinan, Anthony Madden, Gavin Dowling (Capt), Edward Madigan, Sean Kavanagh (Manager), Graham Tucker (Assistant Coach), Thomas Morgan (Chief Coach), Kieran McDonnell (IHSL). Bottom: John Farrell (IHSL), Diarmuid O’Connor, Thomas Kinsella, Gearóid Breen (Goalkeeper), Daniel Moore.

Organisation Details

Participants

Socially excluded men and women between 16-40 years old

Locations

Cities all over Ireland including Cork, Dublin, Waterford, Limerick, Longford, Galway, Port Laoise, and Wexford

Homelessness Statistics

4500
People are homeless at ant given time
65600
People are considered to be unable to reasonably meet the cost of accommodation (FEANTSA, 2012)

Since the 2008 economic crash, the percentage of people in consistent poverty has increased by 100%. Austerity measures have had a very negative impact, and almost 1.4 million Irish residents (30% of Ireland’s population) have been forced to endure enforced deprivation – a state of not being able to afford basic necessities such as adequate heating and two pairs of shoes (RT News, 2015; Combat Poverty Agency, 2015).