Ballinteer St. Johns GAA
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
|Cumann Naomh Eoin Baile an tSaoir|
|Club colours:||Tangerine and Black|
|Grounds:||Marlay Park/Loreto Park|
The clubhouse is situated beside Marlay Park just off the Ballinteer bypass. It was founded in May 1982 by Mick Wren, Tom Cosgrave and Maurice O Connell, under the name Ballinteer Gaels. The name was later changed to Ballinteer St Johns. The Club's crest is made up of Three Castles (Dublin Crest), The Eagle (Emblem of St John the Evangelist) and the Celtic Cross (GAA Emblem). Much progress has been made and a large clubhouse Áras Naomh Eoin was opened in 2003.
2008 was the first year any Ballinteer St Johns team qualified to play in the All Ireland Under 14 Féile na nGael and Féile Peil Na nÓg in hurling and football. Most of the players played both codes. The footballers beat a strong Castleknock team after extra time with a Golden Score. The hurlers beat local rivals St Olafs. Both sides were captained by Donal Gormley who later played for Dublin Minor Hurlers in the All-Ireland final 2011. Conor Conway was the only player who scored in both finals.
The club's Under 21 football team won the 2008 Dublin C Championship, beating Naomh Mearnóg in the final, 1-10 to 0-7. And in the 2010 Féile, the U-14 footballers won the Division 2 competition by 3 points.
Other notable Athletes that have graced the tangerine and black of the Marley Men are David Gillick, the multi medal winning international athlete and Darren Hudson, Leinster Rugby Player. Darren is credited with county representation honors at U15 and U16level.
Notable players include 2002 Dublin captain, Coman Goggins, Johnny McNally, Leinster U-21 winners, Keith Nolan, Kevin Davis, Jack Gilligan, Joey Maher and Ciarán Lane, former Dublin footballer Angie McNally.
In 2010, Nicholas Devereux was a key member of Dublin's Under 21 All Ireland winning team, starting every match in their campaign, and scoring two points.In 2011 Fionan Clabby and Jim Gilligan represented the Dublin U-21 Hurlers who reached the All Ireland Final.
The club also has a rich vein of famous non-sporting personal in their ranks with The Script lead Singer Danny O'Donoghue playing for a brief period in the early noughties as well as the highly renowned Landscape Architect "G" (Real Name - Gavin O Broin). "G" was the winner of the gold medal in the prestigious Chelsea Flower show and is a prominent figure is the Gorilla gardening movement.