Former Kerry CEO Brian Ainscough completes takeover of Dundalk

Dundalk have confirmed the acquisition of the club by former Kerry CEO and US-based Dublin businessman Brian Ainscough.

Ainscough played League of Ireland football with Home Farm and Drogheda United before moving to the USA in 1983.

And while on the other side of the Atlantic, he spent three decades as a player and coach before moving into the business side of the game.

He is also the owner of United Soccer League Two club Boston Bolts and was instrumental in Kerry’s introduction to the League of Ireland in 2023.  

But after assuming complete control of Dundalk, he wants to lead the club back to European football.

“I knew that Dundalk were looking for investment and over the last month I looked at the club a bit more in-depth and ownership was something that I felt I would be very interested in,” he told

“I’m a competitor and I want to be involved with the very best. Dundalk has been one of the top football clubs in the country and when this opportunity came up, it was too good to pass up.

“The objective for 2024 is to get the club back into Europe,” he added. “That’s our goal. 

“We were only two points off finishing fourth last season which shows how close we are and Stephen O’Donnell can fully get to work now and talk to players and assure them that the club is in a good place and ready to kick on.”