It is one of the few clubs in County Carlow who can consistently challenge the dominance of the Carlow town club sides, Éire Óg and O'Hanrahans. The colours of Green and Gold grace the village's Gaelic Athletic Association jersey. They are also Carlow football champions 2009. In 2012, one of the best ever Rathvilly teams won the Under 16 Carlow Championship. In 2013, the Rathvilly Junior-A team completed the double, winning both championship and league finals.