St Pats Palmerstown HC
Shane Stapleton, St.Pat's, image - herald.ie
St. Patricks are a GAA club located in Chapelizod and Palmerstown Dublin. The club was founded in 1961 and took its name because that was the Patrician year. The club colours came about as one of the founders, Peter Kavanagh, had two sets of jerseys, one green and the other red. Originally the main colours were to be green and white (the colours of St. Patrick and the shamrock) but because neighbouring clubs Round Towers and Lucan Sarsfields used green and white, it was decided to use red and white and keep the green as second colours. Home games are played at Glenaulin Park.
St Patricks have traditionally been stronger in football but in recent times have enjoyed more success on the hurling front. St Patricks won the Dublin Junior Hurling Championship for the first time in 1998. The club gained Senior hurling status for the first time in 2004 when they lifted the Dublin Intermediate Hurling Championship. In 2008 they lifted the Dublin Senior B Hurling Championship, thus gaining promotion to the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship.
In the same season, St. Patricks' footballers lifted the Dublin AFL Division 3 title resulting in promotion to Dublin AFL Division 2. More success was to follow in 2009 for the footballers as they won the Dublin Intermediate Football Championship and gaining promotion to the Dublin Senior Football Championship.
The club's most high profile player of recent years is Liam Rushe. Liam is a mainstay in the Dublin senior hurling team and has won two All Star awards.