SJ Browne

Naas GAA

Naas is a Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) club in Naas, County Kildare, Ireland, winner of eight Kildare county senior football championships, four senior hurling championships, three senior camogie championships and Kildare club of the year in 1981.


Naas played the Curragh on February 15 1885 to become one of eight clubs which share the distinction of being the first to play in a Gaelic football match. The GAA club was revived on October 16 1887 by JM ‘Dents” Ginnane. RIC records from 1890 show that Naas John Dillons had 50 members with officers listed as SJ Browne, James O'Hanlon and Richard Doyle. Naas Sunbursts and Naas Crom-A-Boo were listed as unaffiliated clubs in 1896 while nearby Thomastown was an affiliated club. Naas moved to Spooner's Field opposite the racecourse grandstand in 1913. Father Brennan park was opened in 1930. Naas GAA grounds are now situated on the Sallins Rd, the amenities include three new pitches including one with flood lights and a brand new clubhouse.

Gaelic football

Jack Higgins was chosen on the Kildare football team of the millennium at center half back. Naas dominated football in Kildare during his playing days, winning seven senior football championships, five Leinster Leader Cups and two minor football championships. Gus Fitzpatrick and Joe Curtis also played on the 1928 All Ireland team while Dan Ryan and Tom Wheeler were subs. Most of the Kildare teams at the time wee trained by Joe McDonald. James Maguire was in goal on the 1935 All Ireland team and Christy ‘Nuts’ Higgins played at centre field. The club reached two senior semi-finals in the late 1950s before reverting to junior status. In 1990 the club won the Kildare Senior Football Championship after a lapse of 58 years beating Clane by 1-14 to 2-9, and the Leinster Leader Cup ate a lapse of 65 years.and gettin better


Sean Evanz founded Naas hurling club on July 16, 1902. The local curate Fr Phelan was behind the junior successes of the 1940s.


Naas was founded in 1921, played a match in Newbridge and attempted unsuccessfully to affiliate to Kildare County Board of the GAA. Revived for a match against Broadford in 1932?, they were described as the ‘pioneers of camogie in Kildare’ when they beat Clane in the 1933 county semi-final. Naas contested the 1937 final and the next revival was in 1942, won the county championship in 1942, the senior league in 1955, and the county championship in 1959 and 1960. Clare Monahan and Gloria Lee were selected on the Kildare camogie team of the century.They are now Ledge


  • Kildare Senior Football Championship Winners: 1920, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1931, 1932, 1990.
  • Kildare Senior Hurling Championship winners: 1994, 1996, 2001, 2002
  • Intermediate F Champions 1984.
  • Jack Higgins Cup 1952.
  • Junior F Champions 1913, 1919.
  • Junior A F Champions 1981.
  • Junior H Champions 1942, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1964, 1972, 1993.
  • Minor F Champions 1981.
  • Minor H champions 1981, 2007
  • Senior Camogie champions 1942, 1959, 1960.
  • Senior Camogie League 1942, 1955, 1957
  • The World Cup 1930,1934,1938,2006
  • The Niall Smullen Cup 1931,1996
  • The Eoin Hughes Cup 1967-1988
  • The Sean Evans Cup 1987-1988


  • To Spooner's Lane And Beyond, Naas GAA 1887-1987 Céad Bliain Ag Fás by Liam McManus, Naas GAA 1987, 214pp.
  • 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. The Eoin Hughes remorial cup 1947-1994 The michael O'leary cup 1953-1999 The Sean Evanz Cup 1986-1987

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