Kildare GAA

Kildare GAA

"For more information see Kildare Senior Club Football Championship or Kildare Senior Club Hurling Championship."

Infobox GAA county
county gaa = Kildare GAA
crest =
irish = Cill Dara
province = Leinster
nickname = The Lilywhites
county colours = All White
grounds = St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge
Conneff Park, Clane
dominant sport = Gaelic football
nfl div = Division 1
nhl div = Division 2
football champ = Sam Maguire Cup
hurling champ = Christy Ring Cup
ladies football = Brendan Martin Cup
camogie = O'Duffy Cup
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The Kildare County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), or Kildare GAA, is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Kildare. The county board is also responsible for the Kildare inter-county teams.


Gaelic games predate recorded sporting history in Kildare. Hurling on Lyons Hill was featured in the Book of Leinster, the Curragh was the venue for the fairs and festivals of ancient Ireland called the Aonach Colmáin, and local references to football go back to medieval times. English traveler John Dundon described a hurling match in Naas in 1699. A handball alley near Rathangan bears the date 1790, though the oldest known alley is located near Moone. A match at Timolin in February 1792, resulted in a riot that was reported in local newspapers. There is also a reference to an inter-county match between Kildare and Meath in 1797, which was attended by Lord Edward Fitzgerald. Valentine Lawless, Lord of Cloncurry, describes how Wogan Browne, an 18th-century grandee, lost his Justice of the Peace status for kicking off a football match in the Clane area, also in 1797.

Summer athletics meetings in Kildare predate the GAA. John Wyse Power, then editor of local newspaper "The Leinster Leader", attended the foundation meeting of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Thurles in 1884. In February 1885, Sallins, Straffan, Naas, and the Curragh played in the first four football matches governed by the then-new GAA rules.

A county committee was established in 1887. Kildare entered the second championships in 1888, and was represented by Clane. Tommy Conneff from Clane, who went on to hold the world record for the mile, was among the first GAA athletic champions.

Gaelic football

Kildare first entered the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 1888, and lost to Dublin by a score of 2-7 to 0-1.

Kildare made a major contribution towards the evolution of rules and tactics in football. The county was the first to abandon the tradition of playing 21 people on each team, using 16 on each team for a period. Kildare players invented the hand pass: a polished team tactic by 1903; Professor Tom Crowley of the Clane 1888 team is said to have invented it. The toe-to-hand was pioneered by the Roseberry (now Newbridge Sarsfields) club. A team made up of players from the two strongest clubs in the county, Roseberry and Clane, played Kerry three times for the All-Ireland Championship of 1903; the matches drew the first mass interest in a field sport in the country, had an aggregate attendance of 50,000, and were regarded as the games which “made the GAA.”

Kildare’s four All-Ireland titles were won between 1905 and 1928: over Kerry in 1905, Galway in 1919, and Kerry again in the 1927 and 1928 finals. Kildare became the first team to win the Sam Maguire Cup in 1928.

Tactics such as the hand pass were perfected by those early Kildare teams, but they also developed what became traditional catch-and-kick football. Olympic high jumper Larry Stanley was regarded as one of the greatest fielders in the history of the game, and first winner of the all-time All Star award.

Despite winning a Leinster Senior Football Championship in 1956, reaching the National League final in 1958 and 1968, and winning the All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championship in 1965, Kildare footballers seemed to have difficulty maintaining their proud tradition. The county lost six Leinster finals in the twelve years between 1966 and 1978. The Raheens club won a Leinster Senior Club Football Championship title in 1983.

In 1991, former Kerry manager Mick O'Dwyer took charge of the county football team. Kildare lost two more Leinster finals to Dublin in 1992 and 1993, as well as the National League final of 1991. When Dublin came back for a draw in 1994 and won the replay, O'Dwyer was succeeded by Dermot Earley for two years. He returned in 1997, and guided the county to victory over Laois with 13 players and a dramatic, twice replayed series of matches with Meath that captured the imagination of the public and steeled the side for further honors.

In 1998, Kildare became the only team in 110 years of championship football to beat the previous three champions, disposing of Dublin, Meath and Kerry in turn only to lose to Galway in the All-Ireland final; they led by three points at half time. Another Leinster followed in 2000 after a comeback against Dublin, but Galway defeated them in the semi-final. In (2005), Kildare enjoyed mixed success and finished in the top six in the National Football League, but was knocked out of the championship by Sligo.

In 2008 under the new management of Kieran McGeeney Kildare made a bit of unfortunite history by becoming the first team ever to lose a championship game to Wicklow in Croke Park, losing in the first round by 0-13 to 0-9. However Kildares season took a turn for the better after that by beating Cavan, Limerick and Fermanagh in the qualifiers to reach their first ever all-ireland quarter-final.


*All-Ireland Senior Football Championships: 4
**1905, 1919, 1927, 1928

*All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championships: 1

*Leinster Senior Football Championships: 13
**1903, 1905, 1919, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1935, 1956, 1998, 2000

*Leinster U21 Football Championships: 9
**1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1976, 1992, 1983, 2004, 2008.

*Leinster Minor Football Championships: 5
**1973, 1975, 1983, 1987, 1991.

*Leinster Junior Football Championships: 10
**1913, 1914, 1927, 1931, 1938, 1956, 1965, 1967, 1970, 2004.

*National Football League Finalists: 5
**1928, 1929, 1958, 1968, 1991

Kildare Football Squad

"The following is the team that lined against Kerry in the All Ireland Qualifier on July 14, 2006:"

* Not On Kildare panel for 2007


Kildare participated in the Christy Ring Cup at the inter-county level, reaching the final in 2007 where they were defeated by Westmeath. In recent years, the leading clubs have been Coill Dubh, Éire Óg/Corra Coill, Ardclough and Celbridge. Kildare's youngest club, Confey, became the reigning Senior Hurling Champions in 2007, winning over Coill Dubh in the final.

Kildare hurlers came within minutes of reaching a Leinster senior hurling final in 1976, holding a four-point lead over eventual All Ireland finalists Wexford until the closing stages of the semi-final. That performance earned Johnny Walsh a replacement all-star award. His club, Ardclough, beat Buffer's Alley in the 1976 Leinster club championship.

The county's major hurling successes were four All Ireland Senior B titles (last in 2004), an intermediate All Ireland (1969), and two junior All-Irelands (1962 and 1966). The closest they came to playing in the top division of the hurling league was when they lost a four-point lead in the last ten minutes of a Division 1B promotion play-off against Clare in 1971.

Kildare beat Waterford in the league in two successive years, were tied at half-time against Tipperary in the 1971 National League Quarter-final, and lost to the same team by six points in the quarter-final of 1976. They also lost a promotion play-off against Waterford in 1974.


*All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championships: 4
**1974, 1960, 1989, 2004

*All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championships: 1

*All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championships: 2
**1962, 1966

*Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-finalists: 2
**1976, 1977

*Leinster Junior Hurling Championships: 3
**1934, 1962, 1966

*Leinster Intermediate Hurling Championships: 1

*Leinster Under 21 B Championship: 1

*National Hurling League Quarter Finalists: 2
**1971, 1974, 1975

*All-Ireland Under 16 'B' Hurling Championship: 2
**1991, 2002


There is little doubt that camogie was played in Kildare soon after the sport was first organized in 1904, although records are sparse. Athy Ladies Hurling Club advertised a members reunion in July 1909. Newbridge, Naas, Blacktrench, Prosperous and Ballymore applied unsuccessfully for affiliation to Kildare GAA board in 1921. Kildare sent delegates to the camogie congress of 1932, and a county board was formed in 1934 with Fr Byrne CC of Caragh as President, Mrs B McCarthy as vice-president, William Fisher of Newbridge as secretary, and Polly Smyth of Newbridge as treasurer. Camogie was reorganized at a county convention in 1954, and has been played in Kildare continuously since.

After a series of successes at the junior level, Kildare was defeated by Cork in the National League semi-final of 1992, despite their best performance at senior level. Kildare teams played in navy and white (1930s), brown and white (1955-60) and blue and white (sporadically since the 1960s). White was adopted as the county color in April 1963.


*National Camogie League Semi-finalists: 1

*All-Ireland Junior Camogie Championships: 3
**1987, 1989, 1990.

*National Junior Camogie League winners: 4
**1986, 1989, 1990, 2004.

*All Ireland Intermediate Camogie finalists: 1

*Leinster Junior Camogie Championships: 11
**1961, 1966, 1967 (all Smyco cup), 1969, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1996

*Leinster Under-14 B Championships: 2
**1997, 2003.

Ladies' Gaelic football

The Kildare County Board was set up in March 1992 under the Chairmanship of Catherine Donohoe. At that time there were two clubs playing in the County, Kilcock and Leixlip, and these were joined by the newly formed Eadestown club. Michael Delaney of Leixlip was elected chairman on 10 February 1993, which enabled Kildare's promotion from division three of the National League in 1999. They won the Leinster Junior championship in 2000, beating Laois by 2-13 to 2-5. Kildare contested three All Ireland junior finals before eventually beating Sligo to qualify for senior status in 2004. Grangenolvin dominated club competition in the sport, in which they won five in a row at the time the championship was elevated to senior status. Brianne Leahy became the first female All Star from Kildare in 1999.


*All-Ireland Junior Women's Football Championships: 1

Teams of the Millennium

Football Team of the Millennium

Ollie Crinnigan (Carbury), Davy Dalton (Kilcock), Matt Goff (Leixlip), Pa Connolly (Clane), Glenn Ryan (Round Towers), Jack Higgins (Naas), Mick Carolan (Athy), Larry Stanley (Caragh), Pat Mangan (Carbury), Jack Donnelly (Ellistown), Paddy "Boiler" White (Sarsfields), Larry Tompkins (Eadestown), Pat Dunny (Raheens), Tommy Carew (Clane), Paul Doyle (Suncroft).

Hurling Team of the Millennium

Jimmy Curran (Castledermot), Tommy Burke (Naomh Bríd), Richard Cullen (Ardclough), Seamus Malone (Coill Dubh), Tommy Christian (Ardclough), Pat Dunny (Éire Og), Tony Carew (Coill Dubh), Bobby Burke (Ardclough), Jack O'Connell (Naomh Bríd), Johnny Walsh (Ardclough), Tommy Carew (Coill Dubh), Pat White (Naomh Bríd), Mick Dwane (Ardclough), Mick Moore (Broadford), Mick Mullins (Éire Og).

Camogie Team of the Century

Anna Dargan (Broadford), Geraldine Dwyer (Athy, Prosperous & Clane), Teresa Lynch (Rathcoffey & Prosperous), Bridget Cushen (Celbridge & Ardclough), Nuala Malone (Rathcoffey & Prosperous), Melanie Treacy (Ballyboden St Endas & Bishopstown, Cork), Phyllis Hurst (Broadford), Miriam Malone (Broadford), Eileen Reilly (Rathcoffey & Prosperous), Michelle Aspell (Kilcullen & St Laurence’s), Bernie Farrelly (Crumlin & Broadford), Patricia Keatley (St Laurence’s & Broadford), Marianne Johnson (Prosperous & Clane), Clare Monahan (Naas & Two Mile House), Gloria Lee (Naas).

Managerial history

Kildare club football

Kildare is very much a footballing county, with 105 teams from 40 clubs competing in the Senior and Junior Football Leagues. The highest-achieving club is Clane who have won a total of 17 titles. Raheens won 15; Sarsfields, 12 titles; Carbury, 11; Round Towers from Kildare Town, 10 (counting three won as Kildare Town and one as St Patrick’s); Roseberry won 9; Naas, 8; Athy, 5; Kilcock, 5; Ellistown, 4 (counting 2 won as Mountrice); Moorefield (Newbridge), 4; Johnstownbridge, 3; Caragh, 3; Monasterevin, 3; Maynooth, 2; and Allenwood, Ardclough, Ballymore, Curragh, Eadestown, Military College, Rathangan and Newbridge CYMS club St Conleth’s (on objection) won one each. Raheens and Moorefield are the only Kildare sides to win a Leinster club title (in 1981 and 2007).

Kildare Senior Football Championship Finals

(year, winner, score, defeated finalists, score, venue)
*1888 Clane 0-4 Naas 0-0 Naas
*1889 Mountrice Blunts 0-2 Kildare 0-1 Kildare
*1890 Monasterevin 1-3 Clane 1-2 Milltown
*1891 Mountrice Blunts 1-4 Kildare 0-1 Monasterevin
*1892 Clane 0-3 Kilcullen 0-2
*1894 Void
*1895 Clane 0-7 Maynooth 0-1 Sallins
*1896 Maynooth 7-9 Sallins 0-3 Clane
*1897 Clane beat Maynooth
*1898 Void
*1899 Void
*1900 Void
*1901 Clane 4-15 Prosperous 0-3 Maynooth
*1902 Clane 4-7 Moorefield 2-3 Roseberry (Newbridge)
*1903 Clane 1-10 Prosperous 0-7 Clane
*1904 Roseberry (Newbridge) 0-14 Naas 0-3 Clane
*1905 Roseberry (Newbridge) 0-10 Clane 0-6 Clane
*1906 Roseberry (Newbridge) 1-11 Clane 1-2 Celbridge
*1907 Roseberry (Newbridge) 0-7 Monasterevin 0-3 Athy
*1908 Roseberry (Newbridge) beat Allen
*1909 Roseberry (Newbridge) 0-4 Clane 0-1 Athy
*1910 Roseberry (Newbridge) 1-3 Monasterevin 1-1 Athy
*1911 Monasterevin 2-1 Roseberry (Newbridge) 0-2 Kildare
*1912 Roseberry (Newbridge) 2-6 Monasterevin 1-2 Athy
*1913 Maynooth 2-1 Kilcock 1-1 Clane
*1914 Kilcock 1-4 Clane 0-4 Celbridge
*1915 Roseberry (Newbridge) 0-6 Maynooth 1-0 Naas
*1916 Clane 2-2 Maynooth 0-2 Naas
*1917 Kilcock 5-0 Kilcullen 0-5 Naas
*1918 Caragh 2-2 Roseberry (Newbridge) 0-5 Naas
*1919 Caragh 2-4 Kilcock 2-1 Naas
*1920 Naas 1-6 Caragh 0-8 St Conleth’s Park
*1921 St. Conleth’s 1-2 Caragh 1-12 St Conleth’s Park(Match played during Irish Civil War, St. Conleth’s awarded title on objection because one of the Caragh players C. McCarthy gave a false name as he was 'on the run' from Free State troops at the time)
*1922 Naas 1-8 Caragh 1-3 Newbridge
*1923 Naas 2-5 Athy 0-0 St Conleth’s Park
*1924 Naas 1-1 Kildare 0-4 St Conleth’s Park
**Replay Naas 1-2 Kildare 0-3 St Conleth’s Park
*1925 Rathangan 2-4 Caragh 1-3 Naas
*1926 Caragh 3-4 Athy 3-3 Kildare
*1927 Kildare 2-6 Athy 1-5 St Conleth’s Park
*1928 Naas 3-3 Rathangan 2-4 St Conleth’s Park
*1929 Kildare 3-2 Naas 1-2 St Conleth’s Park
*1930 Kildare 2-4 Naas 0-5 St Conleth’s Park
*1931 Naas 6-7 Round Towers Kildare 0-3 St Conleth’s Park
*1932 Naas 0-10 Curragh 0-9 St Conleth’s Park
*1933 Athy 2-6 Rathangan 1-4 St Conleth’s Park
*1934 Athy 1-3 Raheens 0-6 St Conleth’s Park
**Replay Athy 2-6 Raheens 1-4 St Conleth’s Park
*1935 Raheens 6-3 St. Brigid’s Kildare 1-0 St Conleth’s Park
*1936 Raheens 1-7 McDonaghs 1-6 St Conleth’s Park
*1937 Athy 3-6 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 1-6 Naas
*1938 St Patrick’s Kildare w.o. Ellistown St Conleth’s Park
*1939 Ellistown 3-2 St. Patrick’s Kildare 1-3 St Conleth’s Park
*1940 Carbury 1-5 Kilcock 0-4 Naas
*1941 Carbury 1-9 Athy 0-6 St Conleth’s Park
*1942 Athy 0-6 Carbury 0-6 St Conleth’s Park
**Replay Athy 1-6 Carbury 0-6 St Conleth’s Park
*1943 Raheens 1-3 Ellistown 1-3 St Conleth’s Park
**Replay Raheens 1-1 Ellistown 1-1 St Conleth’s Park
**Replay Raheens 1-4 Ellistown 1-2 St Conleth’s Park
*1944 Ellistown 1-4 Carbury 0-4 St Conleth’s Park
*1945 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 2-9 Raheens 1-5 St Conleth’s Park
*1946 Carbury 0-11 Athy 0-7 St Conleth’s Park
*1947 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 1-7 Curragh 1-5 St Conleth’s Park
*1948 Curragh 2-7 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 2-4 St Conleth’s Park
*1949 Ardclough 1-8 Curragh 1-8 St Conleth’s Park
**Replay Ardclough 1-11 Curragh 2-6 St Conleth’s Park
*1950 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 1-9 Carbury 2-3 St Conleth’s Park
*1951 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 2-11 North Division 1-7 St Conleth’s Park
*1952 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 2-6 Carbury 0-4 Naas
*1953 Ballymore 1-6 Carbury 1-5 St Conleth’s Park
*1954 Round Towers (Kildare) 0-3 Carbury 0-2 St Conleth’s Park
*1955 Kilcock 3-13 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 4-10 Naas
**Replay Kilcock 0-9 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 1-4 St Conleth’s Park
*1956 Military College l-6 Ballymore 0-4 St Conleth’s Park
*1957 Kilcock 1-6 Round Towers Kildare 1-5 Naas
*1958 Kilcock 3-12 Round Towers Kildare 3-8 St Conleth’s Park
*1959 Round Towers (Kildare) 5-5 Clane 0-7 St Conleth’s Park
*1960 Carbury 2-9 Round Towers Kildare 0-5 St Conleth’s Park
*1961 Round Towers (Kildare) 3-8 Carbury 1-11 St Conleth’s Park
*1962 Moorefield (Newbridge) 2-11 Kilcullen 0-2 St Conleth’s Park
*1963 Clane 1-8 Round Towers Kildare 2-1 St Conleth’s Park
*1964 Raheens 3-10 Clane 1-9 St Conleth’s Park
*1965 Carbury 3-13 Moorefield 1-9 St Conleth’s Park
*1966 Carbury 2-14 Raheens 0-7 St Conleth’s Park
*1967 Clane 4-6 Carbury 1-9 St Conleth’s Park
*1968 Raheens 2-7 Carbury 1-8 St Conleth’s Park
*1969 Carbury 0-10 Clane 0-7 St Conleth’s Park
*1970 Eadestown1-9 Carbury 0-10 St Conleth’s Park
*1971 Carbury 1-13 Allenwood 1-8 St Conleth’s Park
*1972 Carbury 3-14 Ellistown 1-7 St Conleth’s Park
*1973 Raheens 1-7 Monasterevin 0-4 St Conleth’s Park
*1974 Carbury 2-9 Ballyteague 0-5 St Conleth’s Park
*1975 Clane 1-6 Carbury 0-9 St Conleth’s Park
**Replay Clane 2-7 Carbury 1-6 St Conleth’s Park
*1976 Raheens 2-5 Monasterevin 0-6 St Conleth’s Park
*1977 Monasterevin 2-8 Carbury 2-6 St Conleth’s Park
*1978 Raheens 3-14 Athy 2-6 St Conleth’s Park
*1979 Raheens 0-15 Carbury 0-10 St Conleth’s Park
*1980 Clane 1-7 Raheens 1-6 St Conleth’s Park
*1981 Raheens 2-9 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 1-7 St Conleth’s Park
*1982 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 2-11 St. Laurence’s 0-4 St Conleth’s Park
*1983 Johnstownbridge 2-7 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 1-8 St Conleth’s Park
*1984 Clane 1-9 Carbury 0-8 St Conleth’s Park
*1985 Carbury 1-9 Raheens 0-5 St Conleth’s Park
*1986 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 0-11 Leixlip 0-8 St Conleth’s Park
*1987 Athy 2-9 Johnstownbridge 0-9 St Conleth’s Park
*1988 Johnstownbridge 0-10 Carbury 0-10 St Conleth’s Park
**Replay Johnstownbridge 1-10 Carbury 1-8 St Conleth’s Park
*1989 Johnstownbridge 1-7 Clane 1-5 St Conleth’s Park
*1990 Naas 1-14 Clane 2-9 St Conleth’s Park
*1991 Clane 2-10 Naas 1-6 St Conleth’s Park
*1992 Clane 0-9 St. Laurence’s 0-7 St Conleth’s Park
*1993 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 0-11 Clane 0-11 St Conleth’s Park
**Replay Sarsfields (Newbridge) 1-16 Clane 0-15 St Conleth’s Park
*1994 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 2-15 Johnstownbridge 0-9 St Conleth’s Park
*1995 Clane 3-17 Athy 1-8 St Conleth’s Park
*1996 Round Towers (KIldare) 1-13 Johnstownbridge 0-10 St Conleth’s Park
*1997 Clane 0-13 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 0-8 St Conleth’s Park
*1998 Round Towers (KIldare) 2-8 Clane 0-4 St Conleth’s Park
*1999 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 0-15 Allenwood 1-5 St Conleth’s Park
*2000 Moorefield (Newbridge) 2-13 Kilcock 2-7 St Conleth’s Park
*2001 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 0-10 Moorefield 0-8 St Conleth’s Park
*2002 Moorefield (Newbridge) 1-8 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 0-7 St Conleth’s Park
*2003 Round Towers (KIldare) 2-14 Kilcock 1-9 St Conleth’s Park
*2004 Allenwood 0-11 St Laurences 0-7 St Conleth’s Park
*2005 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 0-11 St Laurence's 1-8 St Conleth’s Park
**Replay Sarsfields (Newbridge) 1-11 St Laurence 0-9 St Conleth’s Park
*2006 Moorefield (Newbridge) 0-10 Allenwood 0-9 St Conleth’s Park
*2007 Moorefield (Newbridge) 2-9 Sarsfields (Newbridge) 0-11 St Conleth’s Park

County board structure

The Kildare County Board, which meets once a month in St Conleth's Park, is the highest authority within the county. It is responsible for running all adult football competitions, the Under 21 championships, and minor leagues and championships. Every club sends one delegate. There is a separate board responsible for hurling, which is a subsidiary board to the county board.

Juvenile hurling and football is administered by Bord na nÓg which runs Under 14, 15 and 16 competitions. Under 13 and younger grades are separated into a North Board and South Board.

The current chairman of the county board is Syl Merrins (Nurney), secretary is Kathleen O'Neill (Rathcoffey) and the vice chairman is Pádraig Ashe (Straffan).


* "", by Eoghan Corry, CLG Chill Dara, 1984, ISBN 0-9509370-0-2 hb ISBN 0-9509370-1-0 pb
* "Kildare GAA yearbook", 1972, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1994 and 2000- in sequence especially the Millennium yearbook of 2000
* "Soaring Sliothars", Centenary of Kildare Camogie 1904-2004 by Joan O'Flynn Kildare County Camogie Board.

External links

* [ Kildare on]
* [ National and provincial titles won by Kildare teams]
* [ Club championship winners]
* [ Kildare GAA site]
* [ Kildare Hurling Site]
* [ Kildare GAA club sites]

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