Contact Us

Postal Address

Ballinteer St Johns

Grange Road


Dublin 16.


Email the following address with suggestions and comments:


Telephone Contact Details


Secretary Eamon Hession sec_1.PNG
Clubhouse Dermot Lee 01 4061373


For clubhouse bookings, please contact the clubhouse directly or via eMail. Booking forms can be downloaded from the Forms and Policies section on our website.

Joining the Club


We are delighted you are thinking of joining our club (and soon your club) – it is quite simple to join.


For football, hurling and camogie for kids born in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Registration will take place at Broadford pitches (at the red brick building Áras na nÓg) – September 5th 2015 from 9:45am. The fee varies depending on if it’s your first child joining the club or not. See the Standard Membership Form for more details.

More details on the nursery available here : Nursery Fun

For older kids and adults:

– Download the appropriate membership form (links below)

– Fill in all the details on the form .

– Drop the form and fee into the clubhouse – attention ‘BSJ Registrar’

1.  If you would like to join as a playing member – adult or juvenile – download the Standard Membership Form

2.  If you would like to join as a non-playing member – download the Standard Membership Form and fill in the Temporary/Social member section.

All members should familiarise themselves with BSJ Codes of Conduct BSJ Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy  Ballinteer St Johns Child Protection Policy

Thank you for your support!



The main locations for Ballinteer St Johns are shown below – Clubhouse and Marlay pitches, Áras na nÓg and Broadford pitch, All Weather Pitch, Loreto pitch

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BSJ Inter County Players


Nicholas Devereux
Dublin U21 player 2009 to 2010
Leinster U21 Championship winner 2009
All Ireland U21 Championship winner 2010
Fearghal Duffy
Dublin Minor player 2009 to 2010
Leinster Minor Championship winner 2009
Stephen Fitzsimons
Dublin Minor player 2010
Coman Goggins
Dublin Junior player 1998 to 1999
Dublin Senior player 2000 to 2008
GAA All Star 2001
Leinster Senior Championship winner       2002/2005/2006/2007/2008 (5 titles)
Captain of Leinster Senior Championship team 2002
Ireland Team v Australia 2002/2003
Shane McCann
Dublin Minor player 2006
Johnny McNally
Dublin Junior player 1998 to 1999
Dublin Senior player 2002 to 2004
Leinster Senior Championship winner 2002
Thomas Mulligan (RIP)
Dublin Senior player 2003 to 2004
Peter O’Curry
Dublin Minor player 2010
Captain of Leinster Minor Championship team 2010
James Oliver
Dublin Junior player 1998 to 1999
And many other BSJ players on underage teams, development squads and extended panels
Fearghal Chambers
Dublin Minor player 2000
Dublin U21 player 2002 to 2003
Dublin Senior player 2004 to 2005
Dublin Intermediate player 2004 to 2005
Aodhan Clabby
Dublin Minor player 2010
Fionan Clabby
Dublin Minor player 2008
Rory Donnelly
Dublin Senior player 2007
Denis Flanagan
Dublin Minor player 2000
Dublin U21 player 2002 to 2003
Dublin Senior player 2004
Dublin Intermediate player 2007
Jack Gilligan
Dublin Minor player 2005
Leinster Minor Championship winner 2005
Dublin U21 player 2007
Leinster U21 Championship winner 2007
Dublin Intermediate player 2007
Ciaran Lane
Dublin Minor player 2004
Dublin U21 player 2007
Leinster U21 Championship winner 2007
Dublin Intermediate player 2007
Joe Maher
Dublin Minor player 2005 to 2006
Leinster Minor Championship winner 2005
Dublin U21 player 2007 to 2008
Leinster U21 Championship winner 2007
Dublin Intermediate player 2007
Keith Nolan
Dublin Minor player 2004
Dublin U21 player 2007
Leinster U21 Championship winner 2007
Cormac O’Brien
Dublin Minor player 2002
Dublin U21 player 2003 and 2005
Dublin Senior player 2006
Glen Whelan
Dublin Minor player 2010
And many other BSJ players on underage teams, development squads and extended panels
Aine Goggins
Dublin Minor player 2005
Leinster Minor Championship winner 2005
Fiona Hayes
Dublin Minor player 2005
Leinster Minor Championship winner 2005
Dublin Junior player 2007 to 2008
Niamh Kennedy
Dublin Junior player 2010
Deirdre O’Neill
Dublin Junior player 2007 to 2008
Olive Sorohan
Dublin Minor player 2005
Leinster Minor Championship winner 2005
Dublin Junior player 2007 to 2008
And many other BSJ players on underage teams, development squads and extended panels
Ladies Football – more details to be added
Eimear Martin
Dublin Senior player 2010
And many other BSJ players on underage teams, development squads and extended panels

Executives / Committees


Ballinteer St Johns Executive 2013








All Weather Pitch/Pitch Maintenance

Frank Sullivan

Bingo & Lotto

Maurice O’Connell

Clubhouse Management

Conor Dolan

Club Shop

Patricia Whelan


Gerry Quinn


Aodán Ó’Lorcáin

Child Welfare

Helen McDaid


Michael Hand


Peader O’Shea

DLR County Council Liaison Officer

JJ Duffy


Maurice O’Connell

First Aid

Brian Power


Tom Piggott


Cormac O’Brien

Match Tickets

Eddie Byrne

Marketing Loyalty

Catherine Sherry

Schools Liaison

Tom McUillegoid


Sue McDonagh & Siobhan O’Lionsigh

Welfare (including ASAP)

Clare Egan

Head of Péil

Kieran Duffy

Head of Camán

Sean Lane

Camán Assistant

Johnny Meagher

Games & Coaching Development

Chris Grady

Games Promotion Officer

Carol Nolan

Juvenile Chairman

Paraic Kennedy

Nursery Coordinators

Alan Reddan & Liam O’Baoighill

Hurling Board Delegate

Eamon Lawlor Snr.

CC1 Board Delegate

Shane Casserly

CC2 Board Delegate

Alan Garvin

Ladies Football Board Delegate

Bernard Egan

Camogie Board Delegate

Breda Kelly

Adult Football Coordinator

Gerard O’Donnell

Referee Coordinator

Eamonn Naughton

History of BSJ


The Beginning..

The club was founded in 1982. The first officers were Maurice O’Connell as Chairman, Michael Wren as Secretary and Tom Cosgrave as Treasurer whose drive and energy gathered support for the establishment of the Club. On 7th May 1982 a notice was read from the altar at all masses in the area announcing the clubs arrival. Notices were also placed in local shops seeking mentors and players.

At the request of Mick Wren, the Club was registered as St Johns Ballinteer with the Dublin County Board on 19th July 1982. The request was dated 1st July 1982 and noted a meeting in May 1982 with the County Board and subsequent telephone conversations. In its correspondence on the matter, the Dublin County Board noted that “a group of eight people have come together and are prepared to get Gaelic games going in the area. They have formed a Club and called it St Johns Ballinteer”. This group were Mick Wren, Maurice O’Connell, Tom Cosgrave, Eamon Coleman, John Kelly, Michael Donlan, Ollie Quinlan and Jerry McEvoy.

The First Team..

The first competitive match was U.10 football in Marlay Park versus Thomas Davis, who supplied the jerseys for both teams. Ballinteer won the match by 5-2 to 4-1 and the team was awarded the “Team of the Week” prize by the Evening Herald.

Initial Teams and Mentors..

Under-10a Football – Paddy O’Rourke, Brian Goggins, Frank Maguire

Under-10b Football – Mick Wren, Tony Quinn, George Walker

Under-11 Football – Tom Cosgrave, Eamonn Coleman, Edan Cosgrave

Under-12 Football – John Kelly, Maurice O’Connell, Gerry McEvoy

Under-10a Hurling – Tony Quinn, Eamonn Hayes, Tom Mahony

Under-10b Hurling – Paddy Lawlor RIP, Ollie Quinlan RIP

Under-12 Hurling – Chris Grace, Pat Morris, Tom Kennedy RIP, Eamonn Mannion, Eamonn Lawlor, Henry Darcy RIP


Club Name..

The club was initially called Ballinteer Gaels but the name was changed to St. Johns Ballinteer before formal registration. It was later changed to Ballinteer St. Johns in order to secure first place alphabetically in the Club Notes in the Evening Herald and Evening Press.

Club Crest..

The crest was designed by Michael Wren. It depicts a combination of the Three Castles (Dublin Crest), Eagle (emblem of St. John the Evangelist) and the Celtic cross (GAA emblem).


Club Colours..

The club colours were initially registered as the saffron and white of Antrim. When the first order for the jerseys was placed; there was a three month waiting period with O’Neills.  Tom Cosgrave was tasked with achieving a faster delivery. He visited various sports shops in the city and came across a spare set of jerseys in tangerine and black at a bargain price as money was tight at the time, the newly elected treasurer settled on the bargain and received a frosty reception on his return to Ballinteer.  But soon, the colours were accepted and the tangerine and black became our much loved club colours.

Home Pitches..

Marlay Park was the initial venue for home matches. The then Dublin County Council agreed to make the two juvenile pitches at Broadford available to the club in 1983. The club also had the use of a private pitch for adult teams from 1984 in Woodpark, called Pairc Ó Loinsigh after the late Barney Lynch. It was to become known among the members as “Iodine Park” due to the risk represented by the deposits from the grazing cattle that had to vacate the field for matches. It cost £30 to have the grass occasionally cut and a weekly collection of “grass money” was made from adult players to fund this.

Pairc Ó Loinsigh was lost to the Kingston housing development and the clubs premier team moved back to Marlay.  However, the Loreto Park pitch became available, with its adjacent dressing rooms and the club adopted it as new home for adult matches. This was to remain the case until we moved to our new senior pitch in Marlay in 2005 to complement the new clubhouse.

Club Meetings..

For the first few years, club meetings were held in the Beavers pub and later in the back lounge of the Coach House. AGM’s were held in the conference room of St. Johns Parish Church. Following renovations in the Coach House, meetings were moved to “Phill’s-Loft”. The club then moved to Ballinteer Community School for a period before moving to Áras na nÓg in 1996.  The 21st AGM was held in our own Áras Naomh Eoin in December 2003 and all our meetings have been held there since.

Áras na nÓg..


In the early days, togging out was “au natural” with the only shelter being provided by available trees and bushes. When we moved our juvenile teams to Broadford Park, the Council provided a pre-fabricated building with two small dressing rooms. However, during the winter storm of 1985, the entire building was blown across the road into the grounds of Ballinteer Community School.  The various bits and pieces were gathered by club members and stored until the council agreed to their re-assembly.  This time they added concrete corner anchors for stability. However, in March 1993 another storm had the drsssing rooms on the move again, crossing the road and ending up on the trees opposite.  Enough was enough and exasperated club officials decided to pressure the Council for permission to build a permanent structure.  In November 1994, Gerry Murphy announced to the delighted Executive Committee that he had secured permission from the then Dublin County Council to contrast what is now known as Áras na nÓg.  The estimated cost of the building was IR£40K and the club decided to employ the “meitheal” principle utilising the skills available within the club membership while cutting costs to the minimum necessary for materials and service connections.  The building was completed in Spring 1995.  One of the 4 dressing rooms were reserved as a meeting room for club meetings.


Training Pitch..

With the growth in playing numbers and ambition to win at the highest level, there was a need for a dedicated winter training facility as we were not allowed to train on Council pitches.  After numerous false dawns, an agreement was reached in 1997 to construct an 80m by 40m floodlit whinstone pitch on the grounds of the Ballinteer Community School. The agreement included for club usage of the facility outside club hours in return for the club constructing the facility.  The pitch was completed with significant voluntary club effort and was officially opened by Joe Mc Donagh, GAA President, in 1998.



The club’s biggest undertaking was undoubtedly the completion of our very own clubhouse on the Grange Rd. The planning for this project commenced in the early 1990s with an approach to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council seeking their agreement sliver of new road cut-off land to the club for use as a clubhouse site. When first mooted, the site was part of the old Grange Road but protracted negotiations resulted in Council agreement. Planning permission for the 11,000 m² building was secured in 2002 but work could not proceed until the land became available on construction of the Green Route.  The time was used for active fundraising and construction commenced in 2002. Even though construction was completed and the building brought into use at the end of 2003, the official opening by An Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern, TD did not happen until 8th May 2005. The €2.4 million project cost was funded in equal measure by fundraising, membership contributions, National Lottery funding / GAA Grants and bank borrowing.

All Weather Pitch..

The training pitch at Ballinteer Community School served the Club well but the growth in the number of players and the increasing standard in all codes meant that a much larger facility was required for winter training.  The redevelopment of the Ballinteer Community School Campus and the construction of a new state of the art school presented an opportunity to extend the successful training pitch partnership model to a full size flood lit all weather synthetic pitch.  The Club duly prepared a detailed proposal which was presented to the School Authorities in 2006.  It was subsequently approved by the school and the Department of Education and Science.  The Club got the necessary Planning Permission in 2007 but construction was delayed until Summer 2009 due to delays in completing the new school.  The new facility was finally completed in early 2010 and Officially Opened by Mr Christy Cooney, GAA President on 13th February 2010.  The Club fundraised over 50% of the €1m cost with the remainder coming from grants from the National Lottery, the Leinster Council of the GAA and the Department of Education and Science.

Club Growth..

By the end of its founding year, the club membership had reached 100. A total of 4 Juvenile Football teams competed in that season in the Dublin South East Football League. Hurling was soon to follow, as was Camogie in 1987, and Ladies Football in 1998. Club growth is shown in the table below.



*Includes Nurseries