History

  

Our Club, Cumann Naomh Peregrine was founded in 1978 when a group of local people got together with Fr. Joe Madden of the Servite Order. An official inaugural meeting on Thursday 29th June 1978 in the Blakestown temporary church was called by Fr. Madden, Martin Donnelly and Frank Henry. The first elected officers were selected at this meeting and St Peregrines GAA Club was born.

The elected officers canvassed the local schools and homes in the area and by the end of July 1978, 22 adult members had joined and a team was entered in the Dublin Junior Football League. Affiliation was confirmed by the Dublin County Board on 21st August 1978, the now well recognised Black and white colours were registered as the official club colours.

The next step for tireless executive was to begin fundraising and organise loans to cover initial set up costs, alongside recruiting juveniles and training in Coolmine Park. The first St Peregrines Game was an Adult friendly match against Lucan Sarsfields on Saturday 10th September 1978. The first Juvenile match was a friendly in Fairview Park on 21st Jan 1979 against O’Tooles, and a victory showed the signs of the greatness yet to come.

The Junior Football team upheld this greatness and over their first season played over 30 games and qualified for their league final. The Junior football team also won their first championship beating the long established St Mary Saggart Club, making headlines in the Evening Press in the process. Promotion to Division 2 of the league soon followed. By the summer of 1979 school leagues had been arranged scheduled for the summer holidays and teams had been established for the under 10 and 12 1979-1980 season.

The club moved to its permanent home on the Blakestown Road in 1998  and built a fine clubhouse and dressing rooms under the leadership of chairman Ritchie Costelloe.  Almost 10 years later this was extended with the addition of the multipurpose hall and 500 seater stand, as well as additional dressing rooms, gym, storage and meeting rooms.  2009 saw the provision of an astro turf training area  and a hurling wall. A year later the club took possession of waste land at the top end of the main pitch and transformed this into a juvenile pitch  which opened in the autumn of 2011. 

The club has grown now to grown to 44 teams and over 1,000 members. Success has continued in the club with many highlights including Dublin Senior Camogie Champions in 2002 and Dublin Intermediate Football Champions in 2006. Some notable players have included Lousie Kidd of the Senior Dublin Ladies Football team, Eric Lowndes of the current Senior Dublin Mens Football Team, and Ciaran McGuinness who played under 21 for Dublin.  We are well represented on the Dublin development squads by rising stars such the “Peregrines twins” Aoife and Niamh Heffernan, Rachel Brennan, Cillian Stynes, Connor Hynes, Eoin Gleeson and Sam Beirnes.



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