Our History

The following account of the club history was written by one of the club founders and first club secretary, the late P.J. Noone (RIP).

To write about the foundation of St Gabriels hurling club I first have to describe the house where the idea was born and discussed – 64 St. Margarets Road, Kensal Green. It was a house of hurlers, musicians and visitors every night, just like a home from home. This house was owned by Martin Treacy and his wife Bridie. They were both very keen on music and hurling and were from Cappatagle, Co. Galway. There were six lodgers in full board for £2.10s.0.d per week. Pete Crehan R.I.P from Cappatagle, Tom Malone R.I.P from Kilconnell, Sean Malone R.I.P (Toms brother), Raymond Roland R.I.P from Craugwell, Michael Greally from Oranmore Maree and myself P.J. Noone from Cappatagle. It was here sitting by the fire on a winters night that we first talked about forming our own hurling club.

The four people who were responsible for its foundations were Packie Grealish (Carnmore), Marty Treacy (Cappatagle), Paddy Malone (Kilconnell) and myself P.J. Noone (Cappatagle) – all Galway men! There were others who were not so sure but once it got off the ground they were 100% behind us. I was very keen on the idea and before the week was gone I had called to see the Co. Secretary, Jerry Daly and he assured me there should be no problem. We set about talking to our teammates with whom we had played with the previous year with Brother Pearse Club. This was all done very discreetly and within a couple of weeks, we knew we had the support of twelve players. Then we made another trip to Co. Secretary Marty Treacy and myself this time. We had to get club transfers for each player who would be joining the new club.

Things were now beginning to fall into place and someone asked me what we would call this club. I proposed to call it St Gabriels and Paddy Malone said he would be in favour of that name….. it was not a surprising choice as both of us had played with St Gabriels, Kilconnell and it was with St Gabriels Kilconnell that I won my first Minor Championship Medal in 1953.

We now decided to call a meeting so we booked a room in the Windsor Castle Pub on the Harrow Road for Thursday night, 11th October 1960. It was decided that this meeting would be accepted as a General Meeting for the election of Officers for our new St Gabriels Hurling Club. We had an attendance of fifteen people, ten of whom would later wear the Gabriels colours for the first time and five who were staunch followers for many years. The following officers were elected that day in 1960.

St Gabriels Hurling club has a chequered history, from humble beginnings in October 1961 to being one of the premier hurling clubs in London today. We are a club with a proud tradition and have been committed to promoting the game of hurling and providing a home from home for the many hurling gaels who arrived in London over the years.