Funding in Ireland

How is polo in Ireland funded?

Currently there is no Government funding for Irish Polo. All the clubs are self-financing. The Irish Polo Foundation has been established to generate funds through securing philanthropic donations, corporate giving and sponsorships. This money will be used to fund the training of young people to play Polo.

Where do the funds go and how is the money spent?

Money is spent on teaching young riders to play and enjoy Polo. We currently have six Polo training centres which are based in Tyrella (Downpatrick), Wicklow, Kildare, Wexford, Waterford and Cork. We wish to expand to the Mid-West and to the West of Ireland, by getting existing equestrian centres involved in Polo training.

  • Quality coaching time
  • Providing equipment that meet the latest EU standards.
  • Subsidising the cost of entry fees, travel costs and accommodation that are currently paid by the players and their families.
  • Taking part in Schools and University Polo Association (SUPA) competitions in Ireland, the UK and other countries where Polo is played globally.
  • Gaining access to International Training Programmes and competitions.
  • Financially assisting the Polo centres who train Irish thoroughbred horses to become Polo horses, to ensure an ongoing supply of polo horses for the existing market and new markets.


Tomar Foundation


We are delighted to acknowledge a very generous gift of €100,000 from The Tomar Foundation to be paid over 3 years from 2020.

€65,000 has been received and this has enabled us to begin the roll out of our vision that Polo will be enjoyed by young people from the 32 counties of Ireland.

The lifeblood of the Foundation is financial support and our goal is to raise €200,00 pa over the next 5 years.

Ireland Fund


The Ireland fund is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland and Irish causes around the world.

With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Fund has raised over 600 million dollars for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3200 different organisations.

Our U.S. Supporters

If you wish your gift to be tax deductible in the U.S. you may make it in the form of a Donor Advised Gift to “the American Ireland Fund”. The Fund is a tax-exempt organisation, incorporated under the laws of the United States and has been determined by the IRS to be a public charity under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The American Ireland Fund’s tax ID No. is 25-1306992.

Your gift to them will be tax deductible in accordance with US Law. Upon receipt of your gift, the American Ireland Fund will issue you with the appropriate US Charitable Gift Receipt for your use in filing your US taxes. For the details on how to make a gift in this fashion email us.

The Ireland Funds were set up by Sir Anthony O’Reilly and Dan Rooney in 1976, and are dedicated to supporting peace and reconciliation, arts & culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland. To date they have successfully raised in excess of $500 million for projects in the 32 counties of Ireland.

Our British Supporters

The Irish Fund works closely with the donors to ensure that all the support is channelled in an effective and economic manner.

The ireland Fund is an approved for the purposes of section 848A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 .

In addition you save the cost of establishing and administrating a private foundation and legal fees .

When you make a gift to The Ireland Fund you have enormous flexibility in determining how the gift will be used ,as well as many tax -efficient options for making your gift.

Direct Donation


To donate directly to the Irish Polo Foundation, contact…

Irish Polo Foundation,

Gorse hill,




Via carrick on Suir,

Co. Kilkenny.

Eircode: E32W898

Email: info@irishpolofoundation.ieCall: +353 (0) 87 256 1372