I Love My Boots Because . . .

“Rebel” Rena and her talking boots!

The term “legend” tends to be overused but not in the case of 21 time All-Ireland winner Rena Buckley. She has won 7 camogie and 11 football All-Ireland football titles for Cork and 3 for her club Donoughmore!

Getting children inspired

It is a great honour to have Rena launch our #ILoveMyBootsBecause project.  The idea is simple. Rena has joined forces with Inspiring You, The Museum of Childhood Ireland and Emma Larkin Books to inspire children to write a story or compose a song or poem based on their love of football boots!

Just use your imagination!

We are living through challenging times but that shouldn’t stop us thinking about the fun times we have had and the adventures that lie ahead. Now all you have to do is share your love of boots with us! Your story, poem or song can be any style, format or tone – it’s up to you!  The whole idea is to have some fun. 

How to Enter

You can send us your #ILoveMyBootsBecause writings here.

If you need help or have questions, you can send an email to philip@inspiringyou.ie or eajames@museumofchildhood.ie

School or Club

Include your child’s first name and school/club. Inspiring You and The Museum of Childhood will share a selection of entries on their platforms but only the child’s first name and school or club will be mentioned. 

Enter and you could win!

  Everyone who sends us a submission will be in with a chance to win a Gaelic football or sliotar signed by Rena herself or a signed copy of Izzy’s Magical camogie or football adventure books by Emma Larkin


The deadline for sending us your #ILoveMyBootsBecause entries are 8pm on 14th of February. Time to get thinking and writing about your boots as Rena can’t wait to hear about their adventures!


The idea for #InspiringYou is for us to inspire each other and to help children dream of a brighter tomorrow. It would be great if the #ILoveMyBootsBecause helped start conversations about sport and possibilities in families around the country.


The #MuseumOfChildhoodIreland aims to tell the story of the day-to-day lives of children growing up in Ireland through collections of socially historic artefacts related to childhood in Ireland and the wider world.

A selection of entries collated from #ILoveMyBootsBecause will be curated and displayed on the museum website on social media accounts for digital viewing  by all. 

It’s good to talk

In 1937 the Irish government felt that children were too busy to talk to their family and neighbours! They made it part of their homework to write down family history, folklore, songs etc. Their work is now part of the amazing Duchas Project.

Family history

It is unusual that children have so much free time so maybe they use it effectively to learn about their local and family history? In these challenging times we can encourage our children to ring or write to elderly relatives and record stories that influenced their lives. Who knows they may have some great sporting moments to share with the next generation

Contact: philip@inspiringyou.ie or eajames@museumofchildhood.ie for more

 #InspiringYou  #MuseumofChildhoodIreland #ILoveMyBootsBecause