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'Salmo' nursery continues to thrive.
De La Salle Palmerston FC, or 'Salmo', is a tale of two clubs with proud histories that merged in 1985, writes Brian Lowry
Palmerston FC was founded in 1899 in 5 at the home of the Ferguson family. A long and storied history occupies the south Dublin club and it stands the 13th oldest club in Ireland and the seventh oldest senior club in the history of the IRFU.
The first two seasons had to be played without the luxury of a home ground before it rented land in Beaver Row to kick-start the staging of home games. The 1903/'04 season saw them move to new grounds near Milltown Railway Station, a home they held for the following 20 years.
By the time 1925 came around, they moved to their penultimate home in Clonskeagh before, in 1980, moving to their current 16-acre site in Kilternan.
De La Salle RFC was formed in 1965. They had excellent success as a junior club built on the quality of rugby-playing talent coming from De La Salle College, Churchtown. In the season of 1972/'73, the club acquired grounds in Glenamuck and following Palmerston's move to Kilternan, the grounds of the two clubs were adjacent.
The merged club, DLSP, were promoted to the AIL Division 1 in 1998 and enjoyed three years playing at that level before slipping back to junior level. Division 1A in the Leinster league is still a high quality league and under the guidance of chairman Dan McCartney, they are ambitiously planning their return to the senior ranks at the earliest opportunity.
Along with their first team, they field three other adult teams along with an U-20 side who tasted Division 3 league glory two seasons ago. 2015 saw the fourths, U20s and U18.5s all win their leagues, while last season, the already-bulging trophy cabinet saw the Fox Cup, the Madden Plate and the U-14 Cup take residence.
Heralded The heralded mini and youth system is the oldest in the province and this season sees them start into their 43rd season of providing rugby from U6s to U-18.
Over the years, many of their players have gone on to apply their trade at the highest level. Malcolm O'Kelly and Luke Fitzgerald (Leinster, Ireland and Lions), Eoghan Hickey (Leinster & Munster), Damien McCabe (Connacht) and John Cooney (Connacht & Leinster), Barry O'Connor (Ireland 'B' and Leinster) all have DLSP connections, while club members CJ van der Linde and John Fogarty won the Heineken Cup with Leinster back in 2009. Elise O'Byrne-White has represented Ireland and Leinster Women's teams.
Des Fitzgerald became the club's first full International back in 1991 and was selected for the World Cup squad. Fitzgerald's full set of International Jerseys were proudly presented by him to the club and are on display in the back bar.
Other club members to play at Senior Inter-provincial level amongst many include; Declan O'Brien (current Irish Women's coach), Simon Broughton, Ciarán Shanley, Tom Clancy, Ronan Garvey, Stevie Harte (RIP), Rowan Frost and Shane Stephens.
This year's president, Gordon Woulfe, is the first president of the club to have come all the way from the Mini rugby ranks, having joined the club at U-6 level.
Many members have gone on to represent the club both on and off the field with province and country. Eddie Kirwan, a former treasurer of the IRFU, was elected president of the IRFU in 1952. Bob Fitzgerald was appointed secretary of the IRFU in 1964, while Jack Kirwan , following on from his father and uncle, was elected president of the Leinster Branch in 1990/'91 before going on to be elected to the IRFU Hall of Fame in 2009.
In June 2009 at the clubs AGM, approval was given to officially name the club grounds Kirwan Park in honour of an extraordinary family who gave over nine decades of service to the club and Irish rugby.
In 2010, Kevin Fitzpatrick became the third club member of the club to be president of the Leinster Branch and during his tenure Leinster won the Heineken Cup.
Over six years ago, The Salmo Eagles were founded, providing rugby on a Sunday morning for those with special needs and different abilities. A huge success, they have been regulars at half-time in the Leinster matches and even trained with Joe Schmidt and the Irish team.
Family is also a huge part of the club and history was made within the club in 2003 when Damian, Ronan and Colm McCabe became the first three brothers to play together on a DLSP team.
In 2010, Sean and Adam McDonagh became the first father and son to play an adult league game together for DLSP when they took on Terenure.
Current first-team player Keith Taite holds some other unique records. Last season, he played his 200th game for the first team (186 of which had been in the AIL).
A past pupil of De La Salle College Churchtown, he was a former Leinster Development player and has captained the club on three different seasons. It is little wonder, that despite his young age, he has already been inducted in to the club's Hall of Fame.
The club's facilities are second to none and are available to hire for all occasions with 16 acres and four different bars on site.
2010 saw the installation of match-standard lights on the first and second pitch, while in 2015 they were awarded a capital sports grant seeing investment in the region of €169,000.
2014 saw, after a 10-year absence, the return of DLSP ladies team rugby and the introduction of girls rugby, as they capitalise on the huge interest in the women's game. DE LA SALLE PALMERSTON FC Founded: 1899 Grounds: Kirwan Park, Kilternan, Co Dublin Club Colours: Black jerseys with green, white and maroon trim, black shorts and maroon socks Division: Leinster League Division 1A Youths and Minis: Under 6 to Under 19. Club President: Gordon Woulfe Did you know? The great Ronnie Delany donned the Palmerston colours and played on the wing in the 1960s.
SALMO FIXTURES 2016/2017
Confirmed fixtures & dates for the forthcoming season. We kindly ask for your support at these match's where possible as we make our way back to where we belong, Senior Rugby!!
BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OUR TEAMS! WE ARE SALMO!
*Malahide (League), Sept 24th, @ home, 3pm
3rd’s & 4th’s Leagues start, Sep 24th, 3pm
*Ashbourne (League), Oct 1st, away, 3pm
*Enniscorthy (League), Oct 15th, away, 3pm
*Monkstown (League), Oct 22nd, @ home, 3pm
*All Ireland Junior Cup 1st Round, Oct 29th, Opponent TBC
*Dundalk (League), Nov 5th, away, 2.30 pm
*Kilkenny (League), Nov 19th, @ home, 2.00 pm
*Gorey (League), Nov 26th, @ home, 2.00 pm
*Malahide (League), Dec 3rd, away, 2.00 pm
*Ashbourne (League), Jan 7th, @ home, 3pm
*Enniscorthy (League), Jan 14th, @ home, 3pm
*Monkstown (League), Jan 21st, away, 3pm
*Metropolitan Cup 1st round, Jan 28th
Winters Cup 1st round, Jan 28th
O’Connor Cup 1st round, Jan 28th
Moran Cup 1st round, Feb 4th
*Dundalk, (League), Mar 4th, @ home, 3pm
*Kilkenny (League), Mar 11th, away, 3pm
The 1st’s fixtures have a star beside them.
The 2nd’s (J2) Division 1A fixtures, which run in parallel to the 1st’s League fixtures, kick off 90 minutes earlier.
The QF, SF & Final of the All Ireland Junior Cup are scheduled to take place on Nov 12th (QF), Dec 10th (SF), & Jan 28th (Final).
The All Ireland Round Robin series is scheduled to take place on April 1st, 8th, 22nd & 29th.