Football

Suncroft was founded in 1889 but did begin to make an impression until later. In 1929 they won the Junior championship and were defeated in intermediate finals in 1934 and 1937, eventually winning the 1944 and 1950 championships, progressing to win the Leader Cup in 1953. Their minors beat Sarsfields in successive minor finals in 1948 and 1949 – from that team Paddy Feeley won a Leinster medal with Kildare in 1956, Johnny Boyle an All Ireland medal with Dublin in 1958, He also captained the Kildare Minors for 3 years while Seamus Byrne played for the Irish rugby team.

In 1981 Suncroft won a unique treble in under-age competitions winning under-11, 14 and 16. Anthony Rainbow was the most prominent player on a team that won the 1989 intermediate championship and reached the senior semi-final in 1995.In 2003 Suncroft lost the intermediate final to Sallins but won the Tony Keogh Cup beating Rheban.

In 2007 Suncroft won the Intermediate final beating Ballymore and will now compete at senior level once more. And in 2007 Suncroft’s John Brown went to Australia to play for Ireland.

In 2007 Suncroft were promoted to Senior status. In 2009, Suncroft completed one of the biggest shocks in the Kildare Senior Championship by beating the highly fancied Sarsfields by 2-12 to 0-15 on All Ireland Sunday morning in glorious sunshine at St Conleths Park.

 

Hurling

When Suncroft defeated Ardclough in the 1974 senior hurling final, 4-5 to 0- 11, against a team that had beaten them three times that season it was the greatest upset in Kildare hurling since Clane’s defeat in 1921.

Throughout its history, Suncroft had close connections with the nearby Curragh camp. It was founded by Dick Cahill and Bill Laford in 1948, and won Junior championships in 1951 and 1953 in the era of Paddy Feeley, Laford, James, Freeman, Seamus Gough, Patrick Fahy and Billy Quinn. Quinn starred on Suncroft teams that never reached a county final but beat Athy in 1962 and Éire Óg in 1963 in championship matches. The Suncroft side of the early sixties was probably its strongest, Frank Fogarty, Derry Noonan, Niall Cummins, Fintan Morrissey, George Shaughnessy, Denis Hanley and Mick Cunningham, all playing for the county, as did Noel Fahy throughout the 1950s.

Suncroft defeated Broadford in the Junior final of 1973 to regain Senior status, and despite a 3-19 to 3-6 defeat by Ardclough in a championship group match, qualified for the County final. They won with a brand of hard ground hurling and by keeping Johnny Walsh scoreless from play. Frank Fogarty now 32, and Donncha O’Keeffe, now 28, survived from Kildare’s 1966 junior championship team. Tommy Doyle scored two goals, Con McNamara and Eugene Sheehan a goal each as Suncroft came storming through for victory in the second half.

Ardclough defeated Suncroft 7-18 to 0-7 in the 1975 final.

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