Kilcullen GAA

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Cill Chuillinn
Kilcullen GAA crest.jpg
Founded: 1889
County: Kildare
Nickname: The Rags
Colours: Black and white
Grounds: Kilcullen GAA Club, Kilcullen
Coordinates: 53°07′46″N 6°45′05″W / 53.129419°N 6.75127°W / 53.129419; -6.75127Coordinates: 53°07′46″N 6°45′05″W / 53.129419°N 6.75127°W / 53.129419; -6.75127
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Kilcullen is a junior Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club in Kilcullen, County Kildare, Ireland, which played a leading role in developing the games in the county.


Kilcullen town sports predate the GAA. The club was founded in 1889, and at first wore green and gold. They changed to black and white to honour the New Zealand national rugby union team ("All Blacks"), who played in Dublin in 1905. Their nickname, "The Rags", comes from a friendly game against Isles of the Sea where the Dubliners insulted the Kilcullen team's shabby kit.[1]

The club crest depicts the round tower of Old Kilcullen, with its distinctive uneven top.

Gaelic football[edit]

Kilcullen were beaten by Clane in the 1892 county final. Pat Garrett's Kilcullen team controversially beat Ballymore to win the 1915 junior championship and cause a major shock in their first senior championship match by defeating serial champions Roseberry, (the Kilcullen curate Fr Byrne had to intervene when the referee was assaulted), but lost to Maynooth in the county semi-final. The following year they contested their second county final winning the semi-final against Roseberry on objection. Kilcullen lost successive intermediate championships in 1954-1955. After becoming Intermediate champions in 1961, Kilcullen beat Monasterevin, Military College and Kill in a new took semi-final by 1-7 to 1-5, Eamonn Gilesman scored 1-1 for Kilcullen. They were forced to wait until the following year as a series of objections dogged the other semi-final, and lost to Moorefield 0-2 to 2-11.

In 2007 Kilcullen were relegated to Intermediate status, following a 0-12 to 1-12 defeat by Naas.

Ladies Gaelic football[edit]

Kilcullen Ladies won their first ever Championship at senior level on September 3rd 2016. They defeated Celbridge in the final of the Junior B Championship with a final scoreline of 5-17 to 2-05. Kilcullen Line-Up: Aoife Molyneaux; Laura McMahon, Karen Bell, Amy Moran; Katie Willis, Dáire Smyth, Bróna Dooley; Lisa Aspell, Lorraine Schwer(Capt); Kate Timmons, Jayne Peacocke(0-6,5f), Sinéad Maher; Clare Kelly(0-1), Nanci Murphy(3-4), Ciara Pembroke(1-5). Subs used: Ellie O'Toole(1-1), Sarah Doherty(0-1), Emily Vaughan, Rachel Hovenden-Keane, Avril Glendon. Other subs: Amy Barker, Sinéad Jones


Kilcullen were part of the hurling revival of 1906 and hurlers such as Tom O'Connell played on Kilcullen hurling teams at senior level in Kildare competition.


Michelle Aspell was selected on the Kildare camogie team of the century.



  • Kilcullen Gaelic Athletic Association 1889 1984 by Arty Aspell. Kilcullen GAA Nd, 75pp.
  • Kildare GAA: A Centenary History, 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 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.


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