North Kildare Hockey Club History!!
Formed in 1926 the club was originally known as the North
Kildare Tennis and Cricket Clud which was an amalgamation of two tennis clubs,
Firmount and Lucan, with Frank Fields as its first Hons. Secretary.
Hockey started in North Kildare Club in 1928 with a Men’s
and Ladies team playing in Leinster. The
men were very successful, winning their section on several occasions. The Ladies, while not winning any major
trophies did very well.
Prominent players in this era include:-
Men – Charlie Wiley, Billy Walsh, Jimmy Walsh, Tom
Plunkett, John Plunkett, Percy Hannon, Jack Hannon, Kit Cosgrave, Tom Cosgrave,
Ladies – Pauline Delaney, Sheila Kehely, Joan Kehely, Ella
Dempsey, Nancy Bruton, Martha Dempsey, Kathleen Scully, Kitty McKenna, Nancy Hope,
For lack of numbers the men’s and ladies teams discontinued
competitive play in about 1935.
Kit Cosgrave and Jackie Rowan revived the club in 1937 and
the following year the Men’s team won the Minor Cup in Leinster.
After the war the men’s team won the Meehan Cup in 1948 in
the Midland League. In the final they
played Deighton Wanderers of Carlow in Naas.
In a ten year period from 1948 onwards NK won the Midlands League, the
Mixed Shield and the Godfrey Cup many times and got to the final of the Irish
Junior Cup on two occasions only to be beaten by Ulster teams Banbridge and
In the late 40’s and 50’s the men’s team was strengthened
by the incoming of many talented players, including the first North Kildare
players to be chosen to play for Connaught – Ike Jacob, John Foley, Paddy
Dolan, Brendan Meaghan, Jack Moore, George Sterling.
The Mixed Team played hockey on Sundays and kept going from
the early days right through the war years.
The players travelled by car, whilst petrol was available, bus and
bicycle. North Kildare ‘Hockey-ites’
were pioneers in the art of “hitch-hiking”.
The team started playing competitive hockey in the Connaught Branch in
the late 40’s and won the Mixed Shield for the first time in 1948. The Ladies team, lead by Therese morissey,
started their series of successes by winning the Minor Cup in Leinster in 1950
and the Intermediate League in 1953.
Some noteworthy members of North Kildare Hockey Club were
Roughan Banim, president of the Irish Hockey Union 1955-56/1959-61, and
Patricia Magee who was capped for Ireland in 1953. Also capped for Ireland were Ralph Satchwell,
in 1957, and Edward Carroll in 1970 on the under 23 team.
More to come very soon!