Sallins GAA

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Na Solláin
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Founded: 1885
County: Kildare
Colours: White and Green
Grounds: Sallins GAA Field, Sallins Wood, Sallins
Coordinates: 53°15′02″N 6°39′43″W / 53.250528°N 6.662006°W / 53.250528; -6.662006Coordinates: 53°15′02″N 6°39′43″W / 53.250528°N 6.662006°W / 53.250528; -6.662006
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Sallins is a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club in Sallins, County Kildare, Ireland, winner of Kildare club of the year in 2001.


  • Kildare SF Finalists 1896.
  • Intermediate F Champions 1968.
  • Junior F Champions 1967
  • Leinster Junior Football Champions 2000
  • Jack Higgins Cup Winners 2001
  • Kildare Junior F Champions 2001
  • Kildare Intermediate F Champions 2003
  • The Niall Smullen Cup 1925, 1946, 1954, 1971, 1985


Sallins is one of eight clubs which shares the distinction of playing the first matches under Gaelic rules on February 15, 1885. On February 14, 1885 the Leinster Leader advertised that "Football - next Sunday for the first time for a few years a match of football will be played under GAA rules in Naas. Sallins v Naas". In mid-1888 it was announced that Sallins Robert Emmets were being renamed Sallins John Mandevilles. RIC records from 1890 show that Sallins John Mandevilles had 45 members with officers listed as Thomas Daly, Thomas Coughlan and Thomas Moran. Myles Murray attended the 1889 convention. The club was revived in 1894 and by Phil Purcell in 1901.

In 1925 they won the Niall Smullen cup, beating Timahoe by 3-15 to 0-1 and again in 1946, beating Athy by 4-6 to 2-7. They went on to win it 3 more times before it was cancelled in 1995.

In 2009 & 2010 Sallins Minors won the B championship

Gaelic Football[edit]

Sallins were one of the strongest clubs in the 1890s, reaching the county semi-finals in 1891, 1892 and 1895 and eventually the county final of 1896. Unfortunately it was the most one-sided of all time, they lost 7-9 to 0-3 to Maynooth. Sallins-based butcher, James Maguire played in the 1935 All Ireland final. Sallins won the Junior Championship in 1967 and Intermediate Championship in 1968 to re-enter senior football. Denis Dalton and Eamonn O'Donoghue played with Kildare in the 1970s.


Sallins also has a separate hurling club. While juvenile hurling is part of the main Sallins GAA club, their men’s team has been set up as a separate club due to a conflict of interest for some footballers.

After a break of over 30 years, Sallins started juvenile hurling in 2002 and fielded an adult team in 2003 and has been competing ever since.

The current hurling side play in the Junior League and Championship. In 2009, the hurlers made both league and championship semi finals.


There were two camogie clubs in Sallins in the 1930s, St Anne’s and St Bernadette’s - Bernadette’s were commonly known as the Wasps because they had Black and Amber striped blouses. St. Anne’s wore pink blouses.'


  • Kildare GAA: A Centenary History, by Eoghan Corry, CLG Chill Dara, 1984, ISBN 978-0-9509370-0-7 hb ISBN 978-0-9509370-1-4 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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