Welcome to The House


Where did it all begin?

Cox’s Demense Youth and Community Project was first established in 1991.  Two derelict or unused houses were provided by Dundalk Town Council and were renovated by local people.  This took place over six months and was spearheaded and driven by Brian Doyle.  Local tradesmen and young people gave of their time and skills voluntarily.  Louth Youth Federation provided some financial backing and supported the venture.   The idea for the project grew out of a vision to provide somewhere within the community where young people who were excluded from all mainstream programmes, projects and clubs would be welcomed, learn new skills and be given new opportunities.  It became known locally as ‘The House’. Over the years since 1991 the project has grown and developed. An extension to the premises was built in 1996 and the building is now equivalent to four council houses.  While we would still have a priority for young people at risk we also offer a general youth service to the community.

Presently there are approximately 200 children and young people availing of the programmes and projects on a weekly basis with a staff team of nine fulltime workers and some part-time and community employment workers also.

Funding Sources

  • The Health Service Executive
  • The Probation Service
  • Garda Youth Diversion Programme (IYJS & ESF)
  • National Childcare Investment Programme
  • School Completion Dhun Dealgan (Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs)
  • School Meals Programme (Department of Social Protection)
  • Louth Leader Partnership


Funding in Kind

  • Youth Work Ireland, Louth
  • Co. Louth V.E.C.